Pastor’s Corner: “Passion Week” Day 6

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. John 13:1 

Passion Week, which is also known as Holy Week, starts on Palm Sunday and continues until Resurrection Sunday. It covers the major events of Jesus’ last days on earth before His crucifixion and resurrection. It is a great week to slow down and observe the last moments of Jesus’ life.

  • What did Jesus do during His final week?
  • What was He like?
  • What was He teaching about?
  • How were other people treating Him

All of these things help us get a fuller picture of those last days, and help us understand what it was really like for Christ.

“The King Who Came” 

Psalm 24:7-10 (NLT) – Open up, ancient gates!  Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty;  the Lord, invincible in battle. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. 10 Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies— he is the King of glory.  

For centuries Israel had awaited the coming of their King. But this King did not look as they would have expected.  

  • Kings rode on horses.  This King rode on a donkey.   
  • Kings were adorned in royal apparel.  This King wore the clothes of a humble peasant.  
  • Kings were accompanied by an entourage of fighting men.  This King rode in alone, followed only by a few friends.   
  • Kings had many servants.  This King served many. 
  • Kings ruled over the people. This King ministered to the people. 
  • Kings feasted on sumptuous foods prepared for them.  This King multiplied fish and loaves to feed others. 
  • Kings wore crowns of gold and precious gems.  This King soon wore a crown of thorns. 
  • Kings made loud proclamations and the people were silent.  This King was stood silent when the people yelled, “Crucify Him.”  

Kings were protected at all costs.  This King soon gave His life paying the cost of all sin. 

This King was unlike any other king. And yet, when this King rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, He was hailed by the people. Just What They Needed – Jesus had not come to be King of the land. He came to be the King of their hearts.  God’s plan was very different than what the people had hoped for.  

The King of glory is the Word who took on the form and of flesh and suffered on the cross. He won the victory for us on the cross. We called Him Jesus, because He is our Savior. He is mighty in battle, because He defeated Satan, and destroyed sin on the cross. He is now Lord of lords and King of kings. We know this One was the Light in the tabernacle, He was the Manna, He was the Show Bread, His fiery finger had written the 10 commandments on the stone. He was the fulfillment of that very law. In fact, He was the Ark and the mercy seat symbolically. Whatever you call Him, He is all believers’ Savior, Lord, and KING. 

In His Grace, 

Pastor Hamilton