“Holy Week” or “Passion Week” refers to the events in the life of Jesus a week before he is resurrected from the dead. Here are my reflections on each day as we remember the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I won’t be going into a historical or a Biblical study of each day as there are many resources you can find regarding that. These are merely my personal reflections. A great place to start learning more about Palm Sunday can be found here: Justin Taylor, Holy Week, Day 1: Palm Sunday
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”Matthew 21:9
When Jesus entered Jerusalem that day, what a moment it must have been! Over the three years Jesus was proclaiming the Kingdom of heaven, people saw many miracles of healing, casting out of demons and even raising people from the dead. And so by this time, Jesus was the talk of the town. And with the Passover feast gathering Jews from all over the world, Jerusalem was probably like Times Square on New Years Eve.
But the fact was, people were confused as to who Jesus was and why he had come. Looking at the text, many were looking for a political savior who would free Israel from the oppression of Rome. Some may have been looking for a healer who would finally heal them or their loved ones. Or maybe they had other motives like finding success or riches through this miracle man. Whatever the reason was, the fact is, even his closest disciples were not ready for Jesus to be crucified to death. No wonder Jesus withdraws from the city during this Holy Week and weeps over the city saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:47)
How are you welcoming Jesus today? Is he merely a healer? Is he merely a means to an end? Is he merely a moral compass? Who is Jesus to you?
No matter how we’ve welcomed Jesus in the beginning, it doesn’t take long to realize that Jesus is so much more. It doesn’t take long to recognize that he is God incarnate, God in the flesh, who let go of all heavenly glory and authority and power to come to the earth not to be served but to serve and die as a ransom for many so that we might be reconciled to God and be born again to a living hope through his resurrection.
We welcome Jesus today in remembrance of his triumphant entry, the palm leaves laid before him, the humility of riding that donkey, with the joy of knowing Jesus as the Son of God. Let us cry out, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”