The first day of Holy Week is always Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ humble entry (on a donkey) into Jerusalem to observe Passover. Remember, Jesus was Jewish. A warrior king always entered a city riding a horse.
On Tuesday Jesus gave parting remarks to all his apostles, to the women’s corps, and said farewell to Lazarus. It was the day of his last temple discourse, and the day he reaffirmed his second coming.
Shortly before midnight, it was agreed by the Sanhedrin to impose the death sentence upon Jesus and to arrest him on Wednesday. He later departed for Gethsemane, where he was to spend the night.
Wednesday was a day of rest for the apostles while Jesus went into the hills of Judea. Judas disavowed Jesus to Caiaphas, and was hoping for a big reward. He would lead the soldiers to Jesus on the morrow.
On Thursday, Jesus held the last supper with his apostles to celebrate the Passover one day early, knowing he would not be there with them on Friday. At the start of the supper, Jesus washed his apostles’ feet and told them he knew he was to be betrayed. Judas left to make the plans for betraying his friend and Master. Jesus gave his apostles, individually, his final admonitions and warnings. It was the night the soldiers came for him, about 11:30, and Judas gave him that kiss of death. Jesus gave no resistance and would not allow his apostles to physically protect or defend him.
Good Friday, so named because the love of Jesus was considered good, and some considered it a “good” thing he was doing for mankind. Some sources suggest that the day is “good” in that it is holy, or that the phrase is a corruption of “God’s Friday.” It is traditionally a day of
sorrow, penance, and fasting as the day of his crucifixion, following the torture and humiliation inflicted upon him right up to and even
following the nailing on the cross. Jude went to inform Mary, his mother, and the rest of his family so they could see him before he died. Peter denied he knew Jesus three times out of fear, just as Jesus predicted he would. About 8:30 this morning, Judas was given the
bag of 30 pieces of silver, the then current price of a good, healthy slave. He soon repented terribly for what he had done and hung himself
in despair. By 9:30, Jesus was on the cross and more than a thousand came to view the spectacle. His mother and several of those who loved him were with him to the end. It was the manner in which he faced death that won even more believers. One was one of the brigands nailed on a cross nearby. Because of preparations for both Passover and the Sabbath, the Jews wanted all the dead bodies removed, and so Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus got an order from Pilate authorizing them to take possession of the body of Jesus. He died about 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
We know he was buried in Joseph’s new family tomb. We know Saturday was the Sabbath and the start of Passover. We know that the physical form of Jesus lay in Joseph’s tomb until about 3:00 Sunday morning. We know that a group of women, one of whom was Mary Magdalene, were the first ones to see the resurrected Jesus.
And the rest is just more history. Hence, we have our happy Easter Sunday, the day of Jesus’ Resurrection, proving that life goes on!
We write about Christmas, we even write about Halloween and Thanksgiving, but we seldom see the story of the Crucifixion and the
happy Resurrection when someone writes about Easter. For those who didn’t know, now you do. For those who wanted to know more, we hope we’ve helped a little.