Christians all around the world call this week “Holy Week.” This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, marked the beginning of Holy Week, and it continues to Easter Sunday.
During these days we remember the last supper that Jesus had with his disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem. We remember the betrayal by Judas Iscariot for thirty pieces of silver. We remember the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. We remember Simon Peter denying Jesus three times. We remember the multiple trials of Jesus in the middle of the night. We remember the brutal crucifixion on a hill called Golgotha.
We remember these things this week because it is important to pause, and to remember what was done for us by Jesus of Nazareth in this week that forever changed human history.
And then, having walked with Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the Upper Room and the last supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the arrest, the trials, the scourging, the crucifixion - - we anxiously await the third day, the coming of Easter Sunday morning and the rising of the Son, the greatest day in the history of the world.
The tomb of Jesus Christ is empty. He rose from the grave. He is alive! Because of that fact, everything is different.
It is truly the most important week of all time. Holy Thursday. Good Friday. Easter Sunday. It changed the world. May it also change our lives.