Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). Also included within Passion Week are Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9.
Passion Week contained several memorable events. Jesus cleansed the Temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Then He gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times and taught many things, including the signs of His second coming. Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room (Luke 22:7-38), then went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several sham trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod (Luke 22:54-23:25).
Following the trials, Jesus was scourged at the hands of the Roman soldiers, then was forced to carry His own instrument of execution (the Cross) through the streets of Jerusalem along what is known as the Via Dolorosa (way of sorrows). Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha on the day before the Sabbath, was buried and remained in the tomb until Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, and then gloriously resurrected.
It is referred to as Passion Week because in that time, Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for us in the suffering He willingly went through on our behalf. What should our attitude be during Passion Week? We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection.
A still from Resurrection Sunday (English Worship Service) on 16-04-17
This year’s Passion Week Speaker was Rev. Subhash Dongerdive, who ministered to us from Maundy Thursday night till the afternoon Odia Worship of Resurrection Sunday. We are thankful to Rev. Subhash for ministering to us so powerfully during this Holy Week period. Both our Choirs (English & Odia) presented special numbers right through the Passion Week and encouraged each of us through their soulful song ministry. We had packed houses in most of our Services and those who attended were truly blessed by the ministry of God’s Word. Let us live each day for His glory and remember the great sacrifice Christ did for us on the Cross so that those who believe on His Holy name will be saved and have the joy and confidence of Eternal Life. We Praise God for helping us to celebrate Passion Week so wonderfully this year. May God alone be glorified.
Click on the link to listen to the sermons preached during Passion Week this year:
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