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Religion

April 11, 2014

A divine drama

NORMAN — All of us love drama. We experience drama in many ways. We watch a play on a stage or a show on TV. We have lives filled with drama every day through interactions with other people.

But the greatest drama of all time happened during Holy Week. This is divine drama, authored by God, the Father Himself, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

This drama begins on Sunday, which is called Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion.

Jesus enters into Jerusalem upon a donkey while the crowds wave palm branches and cry,

“Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.”

Monday of Holy Week, Jesus enters into the temple courts in Jerusalem and drives out the money-changers and animal-sellers. He uses a whip and with anger in his voice calls out, “You have made my Father’s house, which is a house of prayer for all nations, into a den of thieves.”

Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, he teaches the people in the temple courts. He tells the amazing story of the son who is thrown out of his own father’s vineyard and killed. This was a prophecy of what was about to happen to Jesus on the cross.

Thursday of Holy Week, called Maundy Thursday, is the evening when Jesus, having washed his disciples’ feet, instituted the Lord’s Supper. After they sang a hymn, they went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he prayed three times about the cup of suffering he was about to experience. His sweat fell like drops of blood on the ground.

In that Garden, he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, arrested by the mob of soldiers and deserted by all his disciples. He was dragged before Caiaphas and Herod and Pilate at night. An illegal trial was held, and he was denounced for blasphemy, since he claimed to be the Messiah.

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