To the editor:
The historical facts surrounding Holy Week are faith-building, a much needed commodity right now. Centuries before the birth of Christ, Old Testament prophecies foretold the events of this week. The week begins with Palm Sunday, followed by Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and ends on Easter Sunday.
David’s ancient prophecy in Psalms 118:26 said that when this king would ride into Jerusalem, the people would cry out, “Blessed be He that cometh in the name of the Lord.” They would lay palm branches in his pathway. This is why the first day of Holy Week is called Palm Sunday.
Prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9) wrote, “Rejoice greatly, O my people! Shout with joy! For look – your King is coming! He is the Righteous One, the Victor! Yet he is lowly, riding on a donkey’s colt!” This in fact happened as predicted.
Long years after those prophecies were written, the New Testament was written. It starts with the genealogy of Jesus. Notably all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) list Holy Week events in Jesus’ life. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem meek and lowly bringing justice and salvation, Matthew noted that the long-ago prophecies were fulfilled.
On Maundy Thursday/Jewish Passover, Jesus celebrated his final Passover with his disciples. He humbly washed their feet and told them to do the same for one another. A lesson for his people today.
Good Friday is the day that God gave his only son Jesus by making “him to be sin for us” and to die on the cross to pay for our sins. In simplest terms, all who confess that they have sinned and by faith accept Christ’s payment for our sins shall share eternity in his glory.