By Pastor David R. Nehrenz
The Norman Transcript
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.
Friday of Holy Week, called Good Friday, he was turned over for crucifixion by Pontius Pilate and condemned to death. His suffering would include being mocked by the soldiers, crowned with thorns, scourged with whips, clothed with a purple robe and nailed to a cross.
The seven “words” or sentences Jesus spoke from the cross, reveal the scope of his sacrificial death on the cross. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. When he exclaimed, “It is finished” the work of dying as the Savior of the world, in our place and as our substitute, was complete.
Saturday of Holy Week was the Sabbath, and his body rested in the tomb on that day, having been buried by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
Sunday, called Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord, he rose from the dead, and was seen by eyewitnesses, which included the women and the apostles. His body came back to life, he was now in his glorified state, but he still bore the marks on his hands, feet and side. These marks showed the price he has paid for our justification. In Jesus, we are declared innocent before his Father in heaven.
By faith, we believe that this was done for me, for you, for everyone. In the Lord Jesus Christ, we have forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. This is God’s divine drama and unlike TV fictional drama, these events actually happened in history, in time and in reality. Attend Holy Week services next week and experience for yourself this drama authored by God.
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