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Holy Week: Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Christ’s resurrection is the great victory and pivotal moment around which all reality orbits. And yet, this Easter is tinged with grief for me [originally written in 2020]. If I’m honest, I’m grieved to not be worshiping in person with my church family. I’m grieved by […]

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Holy Week: Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday. This is another quiet day during Holy Week. It’s quiet in the Scriptural account because it was the Jewish Sabbath day. Jesus is dead. His body rests in the tomb. Everyone is resting at home. Nothing is happening. And yet, the vanity of mankind is on display. Fearfully and disobediently, the chief priests […]

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Holy Week: Good Friday

Good Friday. My friend Pablo has said it well (listen to the song here): It’s ironic we call this good. Behold the man, The crown, the nails, the hands, The blood-stained wood. Calling a day like this “good” shouldn’t sit well with us.  Though we know the end of the story is “good” — Jesus […]

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Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday. The phrase “maundy” comes from the Latin “mandatum” or “commandment” referring to Jesus’ words on this day in Holy Week: “a new commandment I give to you.” John 13:34 Love. This is Jesus’ “new” commandment. Love has always been the commandment of God going back to the Old Testament law: love the Lord […]

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Holy Week: Wednesday

Wednesday. It seems like a much quieter day in Holy Week. But both the Jewish leaders and Jesus are preparing for the same thing: Jesus’ death. They plot deceitful designs in secret. Jesus and His disciples prepare to eat the Passover meal together. The symbolism is rich — Jesus will become our Passover lamb, the […]

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Holy Week: Tuesday

Tuesday.  Yesterday, we saw that Jesus means business. Today, we see that He is busy. The days events take up five chapters in the Gospel of Matthew alone. He engages with the chief priests and elders who challenge Him repeatedly. Understandably, they were threatened and perturbed by Jesus — He was actively undercutting their authority […]

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Holy Week: Monday

Monday. It’s clear at this point that Jesus means business. He inexplicably curses the fig tree and violently cleanses the temple in a righteous rage (Mark 11:12-26). While Jesus is a humble King who will travel the road of humiliation and crucifixion on the way to exaltation, He is not impotent or passive. Jesus is […]

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Holy Week: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday. It is the dramatic and yet anticlimactic start to Holy Week each year. Jesus shows His great intention for His arrival at the festivities in Jerusalem by sending a few of the disciples on an errand for a donkey. Great intention. The Scriptures are fulfilled. But for the most humble of set-ups. The […]

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