Passion Week

This is the most important week of the Christian year.  In this week we remember the atoning death of Christ on Friday and his victory-making resurrection on Easter.  While the details of the week vary a little among the gospels, the basic contours of the week are clear and were strongly etched in the memories of Jesus’ followers:

Sunday: “Palm Sunday,” Jesus rides symbolically into Jerusalem on a colt.  It evokes Zechariah 9:9 and points to Jesus’ kingship.

Monday: In Mark, Jesus overturns the tables of the money-changers, in part perhaps because they are cheating the people, but perhaps more importantly because he is indicting the leadership of Jerusalem.

Tuesday: In Mark, Jesus debates with various groups.  They try to catch him out, but the discussions end with silence.

Thursday: Last supper and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane

Friday: Good Friday, Jesus is crucified about 6am and dies about 3pm.

Saturday: “Lo, in the grave he lay…”

Sunday: Easter, “up from the grave he arose!”