Holy Week Devotional
In the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, we see the final week of Jesus' life on earth. This week was so important that the Gospel of Mark devotes about 40 percent of its pages to this one week. This was the great climax of our Lord's ministry on earth, when He came to Jerusalem to reveal His most crucial teachings. And in the ensuing conflict with Jerusalem's leaders, He was crucified. But on the third day, God raised Him from death. Holy Week begins with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) and ends with Jesus' resurrection (Easter).
Take time this week to reflect on these great events. Read the assigned passages each day. Pay attention to where God may be leading your thoughts. Turn this week into "uncommon time"—time that is not ordinary or common; time that is set apart, and time that anticipates the church's great celebration of Easter. Our preparation during the week can completely change our celebration next Sunday.
Palm Sunday - Worshiping the King
Read Luke 19:29-44 NIV
“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9 NIV
Palm Sunday, the day that commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into that holy city; riding on a donkey, he was greeted by ecstatic crowds who waved palm branches in celebration. “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest heaven!”” Matthew 21:9 NIV
MONDAY - SURRENDERING TO THE KING
Read - Luke 19:45-48 and Luke 20:1-26