Today around the world Christians are celebrating what is called in the Church world Palm Sunday. This day we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a colt of a donkey. This day mark the beginning of a week filled with events that ushered our redemption.
I would ask of you to follow me as I briefly recap the significant events that led up to the Last Supper, the Two Trials of Jesus Christ, His crucifixion, and of course His burial.
Sunday (First Day)
Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph. Children sang His praises. The crowds lined His pathway. The great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and waved them in the way. (Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-37)
Monday (Second Day)
“And Jesus went into the Temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, it is written, My House shall be called the House of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.” (Matthew 21:12-16).
Tuesday (Third day)
Jesus is questioned about the payment of taxes. “…Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” He also repeats the two fold nature of God’s Law - Love to God and love our neighbors. (Matthew 22:15-22, 34-40)
Wednesday (Fourth Day)
Jesus tells about man’s need to prepare for the coming Judgment Day. Be as the five wise virgins. (Matthew 25:1-13, 34-40)
Judas plots with the leaders of the people, (the Chief Priest) to betray Jesus.
(Matthew 26:3-5, 14-16)
Thursday (Fifth Day)
Jesus celebrates the Passover with His disciples and institutes the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 26:17-28)
He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, where He was betrayed by Judas and arrested. (Matthew 26:30-56)
Friday (Sixth Day)
Jesus is condemned by the High Priest. (Matthew 26:57-68)
He is mocked by the soldiers, and sentenced by Pilate. (Matthew 27:11-31)
On Calvary’s hill He is crucified for the sins of mankind. (Matthew 27: 32-50). Because our redemption was secured, many called this day “Good Friday.
Saturday (Seventh Day)
Jesus’ body rests in the grave owned by Joseph of Arimathaea. Uneasiness grips the city as a special guard is assigned to watch the tomb. (Matthew 27:59-66)
Then Came The Resurrection
Word for Today: "Power in your Word"
Words have power. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, “We are justified by our words, or, we are condemned by our words.” Words can bring either happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student. The Bible describes the power of words more succinctly when it says, “The power of life and death are in the tongue.” Our words impact everyone. Let us keep constant watch over our tongue, that we may speak words agreeable to the will of God.