The month of April is widely associated with Psalm Sunday, Passion Week, Good Friday and Easter or Resurrection Sunday as they relate to Jesus Christ.
As we reflect on each event, let’s ask ourselves what does each event mean to me? As we remember is it with heartfelt compassion and adoration for what Christ did for all humanity? As we celebrate Psalm Sunday is it with the full understanding that Jesus entry into Jerusalem was triumphal because He was the prophesied King bringing salvation to all who believe and the same crowd that praised Him on Sunday morning saying “Hosanna in the highest” would cry “Crucify Him” on Friday. The questions now become, if we were there, what would our conduct be during each event? Would we recognize Him as King? Would we have the faith to believe that prophecy was being fulfilled as these events occurred? Finally, what position would we have taken during Jesus’ trial and crucifixion? Each of us as believers must answer the above questions in our hearts by saying “to thine own heart be true.”
This brings us to Passion Week also known as Holy Week which is the time between Psalm Sunday through Resurrection/Easter Sunday. The question is why is this week referred to as Passion Week? Because it showed Jesus’ genuine passion for humanity as He willingly suffered the pains of sin for humanity. The events that occurred during that week were Jesus cleansed the temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), and then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Next, Jesus gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times where He pointed to signs of His second coming. Luke 22:7-38 records Jesus eating His last meal (Last Supper) with His disciples in the upper room. Then Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray before His arrest by the Roman soldiers where His trials began before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and King Herod. Following His trial, He was forced to carry His cross to His death. He was crucified that Friday, but the main event occurred early Sunday morning.
In closing, let’s re-ask the question of what does this week and the events that occurred mean to me? Are we passionate in our worship of Jesus and His gospel? Will we spend some time Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday worshiping Him? He is worthy!