Holy Week, or what most of us know as the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, is the final week of Jesus’ life on earth. This week was so important that the Gospel of Mark devotes approximately 40 percent of its pages to this one week.
This was the great climax of our Lord’s ministry on earth. After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus enters into Jerusalem, not as a conquering hero but rather humbly on the back of a donkey. The adults and children alike waved palm branches and lay them at his feet while shouting “Hosanna, blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” The words prophesied to be spoken when Israel’s Messiah comes. During his last week, Jesus challenged his listeners with 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 dead on Easter.
I want to encourage you to take time this week to reflect on these great events. (Be sure to check out the various accounts of Easter week written by local pastors and ministry leaders in ONE magazine in today’s Hays Daily News). You also might read through the final pages of the gospels, paying attention to where God might be leading your thoughts. Make the decision to turn this next week into a time that is not common or ordinary, but rather transformed into a time that is special, set apart, a time that is Holy anticipating the church’s great celebration of Easter.
Here are a couple of ways you can make this Holy Week special. This Sunday at 3 p.m., you can join a Procession of the Palms, an Ellis County Ministerial Alliance event that will begin at 13th and Ash and proceed for 10 blocks commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
BYOP (Bring Your Own Palm branch).
And secondly, if you do not have a church home, you are invited to a community wide Easter celebration at 9 and 10:45 a.m. at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, where Celebration Community Church will be kicking off a new message series that aligns with the NBC miniseries “A.D.” that premieres Easter Sunday night.
Kyle Ermoian is founding and senior pastor at Celebration Community Church.
Nick Schwien is managing editor at The Hays Daily News.