At the time of the writing of this article, Palm Sunday has entered into most of the time zones around our world. The opening video shows Christ entering Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday, with the acceptance of “rock star status.” Oh! How quickly things will change. During the next six days, Christ will see his “approval rating” dropping greatly! By Friday, the call of the crowds is, “crucify Him!” (Matthew 27:22, Mark 15:13, Luke 23:21, John 19:6).
Palm Sunday 2023 is on Sunday, April 2
Good Friday 2023 will be on April 7
Resurrection Sunday 2023 will occur on April 9. (Don’t say Easter! I will explain in this series of articles.)
Passion Week/Holy Week (Read the following information from the corresponding links)
Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Resurrection Sunday (Don’t say Easter). Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Christ willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sin of His people. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, on the back of a colt, as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9 (Check the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Passion-Week.html).
Palm Sunday occurs one week before the resurrection of Christ (Matthew 21:1–11). As Christ entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). “Now was the time,” and “this was the place,” to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Christ’s earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Christ’s work on earth (Check the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Palm-Sunday.html).
Each day’s activities of Passion Week is identified, by day of the week, in the Ryrie Study Bible (Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, Deceased. See bio below). Dr. Ryrie chose the Gospel Of Luke to show, day by day, the things that happened during Passion Week. He also used the other three gospels for supportive information. It is also important to see that which was written about Saturday, the day before Palm Sunday. It was on that particular Saturday that Christ was in Bethany at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus (six days before Passover); it was at that time that Mary anointed the feet of Christ. It was on the next day (Palm Sunday), that Christ and His disciples entered Jerusalem. Consider the following outline.
John 12:1-11, Saturday, Christ In Bethany
John 12:12-13, Christ Enters Into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-44, Palm Sunday
Luke 19:45-48, Monday
Luke 20:1-21:38, Tuesday
Luke 22:1-6, Wednesday
Luke 22:7-53, Thursday
Luke 22:54-23:55, Friday
Luke 23:56, Saturday,
Luke 24:1-53, Resurrection Sunday
Consider the following verses, by links.
Scriptures in this study are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and gathered from Bible Gateway. The Bible Gateway link is https://www.biblegateway.com/ Bible Gateway has basic and expanded (Bible Gateway Plus) study notes. Whenever scripture passages are lengthy, in this study, a link will be provided to show those verses.
Saturday – The anointing of Christ by Mary
John 12:1-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+12%3A1-11&version=HCSB
Sunday – The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem
Luke 19:28-44 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+19%3A28-44&version=HCSB
John 12:12-19 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+12%3A12-19&version=HCSB
Matthew 21:1-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+21%3A1-17&version=HCSB
Mark 11:1-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mark+11%3A1-11&version=HCSB
The purpose of this Passion Week study is not to conduct a verse-by-verse study of the scriptures. On the contrary, the focus will be on the major events of each day in the week that led up to the crucifixion of Christ, “on Friday.” The Friday of the death of Christ on the cross has come to be known by many as “Good Friday.” But! How great the hypocrisy has become! On each Good Friday, people who attend the liberal churches that see nothing wrong with killing unborn babies in the wombs of their mothers, flock to the Good Friday services that take place in their liberal church buildings! If there is a need for a detailed study of the scriptures of Passion Week, a search of this blog will provide such exegesis and hermeneutics.
Exegesis means “exposition or explanation.” Biblical exegesis involves the examination of a particular text of scripture in order to properly interpret it. Exegesis is a part of the process of hermeneutics, the science of interpretation. A person who practices exegesis is called an exegete. (Per the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Biblical-exegesis.html)
Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles and methods of interpreting the text of the Bible. Second Timothy 2:15 commands believers to be involved in hermeneutics: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who . . . correctly handles the word of truth.” The purpose of biblical hermeneutics is to help us to know how to properly interpret, understand, and apply the Bible. (Per the following link, https://www.gotquestions.org/Biblical-hermeneutics.html)
About Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D., Deceased
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