Here at University Assembly, we value the opportunity to observe Holy Week. We find this to be a vital component of growing in our knowledge of and affections for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our sacrificial “Passover lamb” (1 Corinthians 5:7). Accordingly, we invite you to join us each and every day of this week to fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1–3), to prayerfully read and reflect on the events leading up to his death and, ultimately, his resurrection.
This, then, is the first in a series of devotional guides, briefly introducing each day of Holy Week and the corresponding events in Jesus’s life and ministry. Since it is the first, it might help to get a sense as to how these events correspond to each day of the upcoming week. They are as follows:
Monday: The fig tree incident and Jesus’s cleansing of the temple courts
Tuesday: Conclusion to the fig tree incident, Jesus’s teaching in the temple courts, and the Olivet Discourse
Wednesday: Further teaching in the temple courts, continued scheming to arrest and kill Jesus
Thursday: Preparation for Passover, the Last Supper, the Farewell Discourse, betrayal and arrest at Gethsemane, and Jesus’s initial hearings
Friday: Jesus’s final hearings, sentence, crucifixion, and burial
Saturday: . . .
Monday of Holy Week is unique in that the Gospels record very little about this day, but what is recorded is notorious and momentous: Jesus’s cursing of the fig tree and his cleansing of the temple courts. These events are recorded in Mark 11:12–19, which has full parallels only in Matthew 21:12–22; Luke and John only record the cleansing of the temple courts (see Luke 19:45–47 and John 2:13–17, respectively). Please join us in reading and prayerfully reflecting on these brief passages today.
Also, if you’re interested in following the Revised Common Lectionary this week, the other readings included for today are Isaiah 42:1–9; Psalm 36:5–11; Hebrews 9:11–15; and John 12:1–11.
Soli Deo gloria.