What Is Holy Week All About?

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This subject cries out to be dealt with in a logical manner. I am certainly not trying to be sacrilegious, but the question might be asked; what makes the week before Christ’s resurrection any more holy than any other week? Also, was the holy week described correctly by the traditions of men? Let us look at the events of this week, culminating with the resurrection of Jesus. Then, evaluate using the scripture and draw your own conclusions.

One fact is often overlooked. The Bible teaches that He should be buried and placed in the ground for 3 days and 3 nights. Look closely at mans tradition as we celebrate the events leading to Christ’s death. Then see Hosea 6:2, Matthew 12:40, Luke 24:46 and 1 Corinthians 15:4 below. Are men’s traditions accurate? Should we believe the “church” or the Bible?

Traditions of Men

  • Day 1, Palm Sunday; the beginning of Jesus last week.

    • Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt

    • Crowds of people covered the streets and spread cloaks and palm branches in His honor

  • Day 2, Monday; Jesus chased the money changers out of the temple.

    • He overturned tables and used a whip to chase people away because

    • they had changed the temple into “a den of thieves” rather than a house of worship

  • Day 3, Tuesday; Jesus taught in the temples of Jerusalem

  • Day 4, Wednesday; Jesus taught in the temples of Jerusalem

  • Day 5,  Thursday; In the evening Jesus celebrates the last super and communion

    • Jesus goes to Gethsemane to pray

    • Jesus was arrested by the temple guard

    • Jesus was taken to an illegal night session of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish court

  • Day 6, Good Friday; Jesus was taken to the Roman court and heard by Pontius Pilate and Herod who sent Him back to the Jewish court.

    • Roman soldiers took Him to Golgotha where He was crucified

    • He died the same day before 6 P.M. so traditions could be fulfilled.

    • Jesus was prepared for burial and brought to the tomb for Night 1
  • Day 7, Saturday; Jesus rested in the tomb, while His disciples observed the Sabbath. Day 1, Night 2
  • Day 8, Easter Sunday; An Angel met Mary Magdalene and perhaps Mary, the mother of James and John at the tomb to tell them that Jesus was raised from the dead.Day 2

Scriptural Truth

Hosea 6:2 “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

Mat 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Luke 24:46 “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:”

1 Corinthians 15:4 “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Acts 23, 24 “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”

The scriptures seem to dictate that Christ died on Thursday evening before 6 P.M. as this is the last hour under Jewish tradition. So, can we change the tradition to good Thursday so the scriptures will be fulfilled? By the way; why do we call it “Good Friday?” And after seeing these facts, are the last days leading to Christ’s resurrection really any better than any other day or week? Christ was honored by those at Jerusalem on Sunday the previous week and in less than a week, those same people called out “Crucify Him.” “Give us Barnibus.” He was a murderer! You can believe the scriptures, or believe traditions, I vote with the scriptures!


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