Throughout the New Testament epistles, authors repeatedly remind believers of the importance of remembering Christ. Remember his perfect obedience (Hebrews 12:2). Remember his humility (Philippians 2:5-11). Remember his incomparable beauty (Colossians 1:13-20). Remember his blood (I Peter 1:17-21).
As believers, we would likely all acknowledge the fact that “remembering Jesus” is something that we ought to do regardless of the date on the calendar. Yet in the midst of our daily routine, taking the time to contemplate the work of Christ can quickly be forgotten, and our practice of remembering him can quickly be relegated to Sundays. This is why the occasional shift in routines that are brought with holidays can be a welcomed disruption that forces us to pause from our typical routine and remember Christ as Scripture calls us to do. As believers, there is no greater disruption we ought to welcome than the disruption of Passion Week and the celebration of Easter.
Passion Week, which began with this past Sunday’s celebration of Christ’s Triumphal Entry and will end this coming Sunday as we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, is a week unlike any other for most of us and one that demanded a special level of attention from the gospel authors. As you read through those gospel accounts, you will find the authors’ careful attention to detail as the final activities of Christ during his earthly ministry are laid out. As each day passes, you are able to see in Scripture the tension continually build as Jesus deliberately makes his way towards the cross.
For generations, Passion Week has provided an annual time for believers to step out of their normal routines to remember those final days of Jesus’ life before his crucifixion and to prepare their hearts to celebrate the resurrection on Sunday.
All of us in leadership here at The Chapel are excited to remember that resurrection with you on Sunday. But to ensure that we are ready to rightly celebrate on Sunday, let us take time out of our daily routine every day this week and consider the steps that Jesus took on that same day in the original Passion Week. Consider using resources like these daily videos (see below for each day’s link) that walk you through the Passion Week and consider using your daily time in the Word to read through those final days of Jesus’ life. Then, plan on joining us as we gather on Good Friday at 6:00 pm for the purpose of remembering our Savior hanging on the cross and for the purpose of taking communion together. And let us do it all in anticipation of remembering Jesus rising from the dead on Sunday.
The Final Week of Jesus – Videos