HOLY WEEK

"He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay." Matthew 28:6

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Resurrection Sunday.  Each day of Holy Week allows Christians to peek into the heart of their Savior. God's plan of redemption and love for people is reflected in every step of Jesus toward the cross, every breath up to the last and His resurrection.

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Holy Week Timeline

This timeline of Holy Week guide helps teach you about the days leading up to the crucifixion and the Resurrection.

Holy Week Timeline | For Kids!

This parent guide helps you teach your children during Holy Week, walking them through the days leading up to the crucifixion and the Resurrection.

ARTICLES

Imagine yourself amidst the bustling crowd that day, the air thick with anticipation and the earth beneath your feet trembling with the collective excitement of those gathered. The dusty streets of Jerusalem are alive. Palm branches sway like a verdant sea under the emerging warmth of the Passover sun...
Holy Week discussions most often begin with the account of Jesus entering Jerusalem, often referred to as the triumphal entry. It was a beautiful, public recognition of who Jesus was, with people publicly lavishing Him with praise. Even if the crowd in Jerusalem did not fully understand the importance and beauty of the Man before them, they recognize that He had done amazing things.
The Bible concludes with the Revelation of Jesus Christ's promised return, holy judgment, and Kingdom's reign. Throughout its twenty-two chapters, various names and descriptors magnify His glory, nature, and character. One of the eternal references to Jesus is "The Lamb." John's vision in Revelation 5 describes the Sovereign One sitting on Heaven's throne, holding a book sealed with His divine decrees...
To all outward appearance, this is a tragic time. Jesus had been crucified. Once His death was confirmed, His body was taken down from the cross, and two of His followers, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, did a bare minimum job of preparing His body for burial. Matthew tells us that His body was anointed with about 75 pounds of spices...

Our favorite Holy Week resources

THE SWOON THEORY: COULD JESUS HAVE SURVIVED THE CROSS?

While there is strong historical documentation that Jesus died by crucifixion, some still wonder if Jesus only appeared to die and all the sources got it wrong. What if Jesus merely fainted (or "swooned") on the cross and the soldiers mistook Him as dead? What if Jesus then resuscitated in the tomb, escaped, and convinced His disciples...

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POST RESURRECTION: THE APPEARANCES OF JESUS

Easter only exists if Jesus literally appeared again after His death. The Bible speaks of Jesus dying on the cross on Preparation Day (Friday in Jewish culture, see Matthew 27:62) and buried the same day by two Jewish leaders (Matthew 27:57-61; John 19:38-42). Let's go into detail about the post resurrection appearances of Jesus.

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THE HISTORICAL BASIS FOR JESUS' DEATH BY CRUCIFIXION

In recent years, doubt concerning the historicity of Jesus' life and death has increased among the general populace. Let's look at the historical basis for Jesus' death by Crucifixion. In 2015, the Barna Group and ComRes found that "four in 10 (40%) of all adults in England either don't believe, or aren't sure, that Jesus was a real person...

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HOW DO WOMEN EYEWITNESSES LEND CREDIBILITY TO THE RESURRECTION ACCOUNTS?

In Matthew, Mark, and John, women disciples of Jesus are reported as the first eyewitnesses to the empty tomb and the resurrected Jesus. Many biblical scholars have argued that this lends historical credibility...

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WHAT HISTORICAL EVIDENCE EXISTS FOR THE RESURRECTION?

Quite a bit of historical evidence exists for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In this post, I will follow the lead of historians Gary Habermas and Mike Licona and give you five key facts that the majority of modern historians agree upon...

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