The Christian Holy Week is the week immediately prior to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy week begins with Palm Sunday and ends on Resurrection Sunday, which is the most important day on the Christian calendar. The Holy Week timeline and details have utmost theological importance. The movements, actions, and statements of Jesus and his disciples during Holy Week are of great importance. So what happened during the final week before the resurrection of Jesus, popularly known as Holy Week?
What follows is a general timeline of Holy Week culminating in Resurrection Sunday.
The Sunday that kicks off Holy Week is known as Palm Sunday. It's called this because of the Palm branches that were laid on the path that Jesus rode the donkey on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Some don't include Sunday as one of the days of Holy Week. However, since it is the crescendo of the greatest news humanity has ever heard - all human sins are forgiven if we accept Jesus, the savior - it should, without a doubt, be included.
It's noteworthy that the first-century Jewish day/night cycles were from sundown to sundown. The slaying of the lambs between the evenings on Nisan 14 would have taken place on Friday afternoon, consistent with what is relayed in John 18:28. However, the day/night cycles of the Galilean Jews were likely from sunup to sunup. In this case, the slaying of the lambs on Nisan 14 would have taken place on Thursday afternoon, which is when Jesus and his disciples had the feast. In either case, the modern day/night cycle would need to be offset to account for these differences.
Arthur is an author, a former agnostic, and current ambassador of Jesus of Nazareth who loves to share the best of reasons for God's ultimate reality. His love and passion are helping skeptics and Christians grow in their faith and knowledge of God through accessible materials.
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