The Sunday
Apr20

The Sunday

The Sunday started very early. And it did not start the way you would expect it to. He taught His followers that He would rise from the dead. Yet, the men were huddled in fear and it was left to the women to deal with the situation. They went to work, but it was not the work of the living. They were bringing spices to His tomb in order to bury Him again. Mary Magdalene, the great sinner whom He had drawn a line in the sand to save,...

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The Saturday
Apr19

The Saturday

The Saturday, as is usual for the day after, was quiet. He was dead and His enemies celebrated the victory, while His followers scattered and fled. They had hoped beyond hope and they believed, probably more wishfully than with confidence, that He was the Messiah. Now they were despondent. They forgot His constant prophesy that He would be killed and would rise again. They failed to remember His teaching that His kingdom was not of...

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The Friday
Apr18

The Friday

The Friday was, without doubt, a day of immense mystery and paradox. It was a day when mankind violently abused all ideas of justice to the fullest extent possible. Yet, it was through the tremendous suffering this caused to the source of all justice that mankind was redeemed. Each previous night of this week, He had slept and woken in Bethany. But Friday was different. He had no sleep and He was not in Bethany, but was dragged about...

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The Thursday
Apr17

The Thursday

The Thursday was an important day in the Jewish calendar. It was the first day of the Azymes, or unleavened bread. After the sun set, the Jews would celebrate the freedom they gained from the Pharoah. The story of how this freedom was won is well known. Nine times Moses had asked the Pharoah to set the Jews free. Nine times Pharoah had refused. And nine times a plague was visited upon the land as punishment. God determined to force...

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The Wednesday
Apr16

The Wednesday

The Wednesday was the day the betrayal began. The chief priests and the leaders of the people started it with meeting. It had one item on the agenda: how to apprehend Him and put Him to death. It was not an easy task to accomplish. The multitude was on His side. Just three days ago they had welcomed Him into Jerusalem as the Messiah. He was lauded as the king fit for David’s throne. But this task was also one that was urgent. If they...

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The Tuesday
Apr15

The Tuesday

The Tuesday was a day of verbal conflict. It was a day of interrogation. It was a day of cunning and deception and flattery. For the Chief Priests, the Scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees and Herodians all sought to test Him. They did so publicly, hoping to drive a wedge between Him and the one thing preventing them from undertaking the assassination they desired: the will of the mob, come to listen. But their words would not...

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The Monday
Apr14

The Monday

On the Monday morning, He woke in Bethany. It was where He would retire to again that night and also on the Tuesday and the Wednesday. It was a short distance from Jerusalem, but it was far enough away to provide safety during the evenings until the appointed time came. We cannot be sure about the exact movements He made over the next few days, but we can be certain of one thing: He was busy. And so were His enemies. Luke recorded...

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The Sunday before
Apr13

The Sunday before

The first Sunday in the Greatest Week in History.

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