Suggested Bible readings for “Holy Week” Sunday to Sunday
In 2015: March 29-April 5
SUNDAY 29th March
Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph, hailed as King
John 12.12-19, Luk 19.28-44, Zecharia 9.9
MONDAY 30th March
Jesus asserts his authority
Cleansing the temple: Matthew 12.21-17
Teaching: Luke 19:45-20:26 (skip verses 27-40); Luke 20:41-21:4.
TUESDAY 31st March
Jesus Teaching on serving the King
Luke 19:11-26. (For a longer version add Matthew 25:14-46.)
WEDNESDAY 1st April
Mary anoints the feet of Jesus
THURSDAY 2nd April
The Last Supper – Institution of Holy Communion
The following events happened during the night into the early morning:
Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives Luke 22.39-45
Jesus arrested Luke 22. 47-53
Peter betrays Jesus Luke 22.54-62
(Also Matthew 26:30-75)
FRIDAY 3rd April
Trial and crucifixion
Matthew 27:1-2; 11-61
SATURDAY 4th April
Matthew 27:62-66 and Isaiah 53
SUNDAY 5th April
Matthew 28 and Luke 24.
What Did Jesus Do The Day After He Was Crucified?
Gospel accounts only mention authorities fearing His prediction that He will rise again, and sealing the tomb. However, the Bible is such an amazing book that one can glean information from other Scriptures.
1 Pet 3.18-19
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits —
What would Jesus have announced? The following Scriptures tell of a theme of the preaching of Jesus. It seems reasonable that He would have spoken on the same theme when He entered the world of the dead.
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Jesus announced in the world of the dead that the kingdom of God had dawned.
Revelation 1.18 is also relevant.
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
A picture comes to mind: Jesus entering the world of the dead, announcing that the Kingdom has come, and saying: “You’re looking at the King!” Then demanding the keys to the world of the dead from Satan.
An illustration from the Old Testament, where David is a prototype of Jesus:
But David said to Saul, Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. (1 Sam 17.34-35)
Jesus entered the lair of Satan and defeated him!
Consequences For Us:
Believers need have no fear of death
1 Cor 15.52-57
For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Believers need have no fear of evil spirits
They all know about the announcement!