"Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, 'We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day, he will be raised to life'" (Matt. 20:17-19).
Well, the writing of this disciple pretty well sums up the events of Holy Week. However, the significance of those days cannot be contained in a simple paragraph. So much of who Jesus was, and the nature of man, was revealed from one Sunday to the next. Here is how the Bible describes each day of Holy Week.
SUNDAY — Triumph
Jesus enters Jerusalem (Mark 11:8-10, Luke 19:92-40) and returns to Bethany (Mark 11:27-33, Luke 19:45, 48) — but not before he predicts the demise of the Holy City.
MONDAY — Power
He chased the moneychangers out of the temple (Mark 11:12-17) and taught a lesson over a cursed fig tree (Matt. 21:18-19).
TUESDAY — Confrontation
Judas will betray his teacher (Luke 22:3-6); Jesus will be in conflict with the Herodians, the scribes and the pharisees (Matt. 24:3-25); and the conspiracy against Christ will continue (Mark 14:1,2).
WEDNESDAY — Together
Jesus' words test His followers' faith (Mark 13:3-14).
THURSDAY — Passion
This is the busiest day of all — from the preparation for the passover (Luke 22:7-23), to the last meal they would share (Matt. 26:21-24), to the garden where Judas denied Jesus (John 18:3-12), to the arrest, Peter's denial (Luke 22:60-62) and then to the appearance of our Lord before the high priest (Matt. 26:57-66).
FRIDAY — Suffering
In Mark 15, Luke 23 and Matt. 27, we follow Christ from early morning through the evening: from Pilate, to the cross, and then to the tomb. The film, The Passion of the Christ, makes this day come alive.
SATURDAY — Where? What? Why?
The body of Jesus requested by Joseph (Mark 15:42).
SUNDAY — ALIVE FOREVERMORE!!
The women visit the tomb (Luke 24:1-8), the disciples gather (John 20:2-10) and the resurrected Lord appears (Matt. 28:5-10). HE IS RISEN!!