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"Why Is This Week So Important?" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

Christians all around the world call this week “Holy Week.”

During these days we remember the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We remember the last supper that Jesus had with his disciples in an upper room. 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 his prayer, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

We remember Simon Peter denying Jesus three times. We remember the six trials of Jesus in the middle of the night. We remember the brutal crucifixion on a hill outside of Jerusalem called Golgotha.

We remember these things because it is important for us 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 mocking, 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 appeared to over 500 people. He is alive! Because of that fact, everything is different. Because of that fact, our lives can be different.

Why is this week so important? Because it changed everything. Palm Sunday. Holy Thursday. Good Friday. Easter Sunday. It changed the world. May it also change our lives.


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