A simple Bible reading guide for Holy Week
by Leslie Ann Jones
Using this guide
Begin each day with a prayer for understanding and clarity. Ask the Lord to reveal himself to you through your reading. Next, read the appropriate scriptures slowly. Take a few minutes to process what you’ve read
- Reflect on what it teaches you about the character of God as revealed through Jesus Christ.
- What did you learn about God?
- What did you learn about yourself?
Reflect on your reading throughout the day. Let it seep into your soul and transform you from the inside out.
On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem with his disciples, riding a borrowed donkey. He arrived to much celebration, but it was the beginning of the end of his human life
On Holy Monday, Jesus asserted his authority by throwing out anyone and everyone who was doing business inside the temple complex. The Jewish leaders were less than impressed with the display of power.
On Holy Tuesday, temple leaders challenged Jesus by putting him to the test. Literally. They raised a number of theological debates with him and questioned both his teaching and his God-given authority.
On Wednesday, Jesus continued his teaching, which only upset the Jewish leaders. The tipping point came when a woman honoured Jesus by anointing him with really expensive oil. This didn’t sit well with Judas, who went straight to the religious authorities and offered to deliver Jesus into their hands.
On Maundy Thursday, after celebrating the Passover with his disciples, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, where Judas betrayed him. He was arrested and tortured while Peter denied him.
On Good Friday, the Jewish leaders, with the help of Pilate, subjected Jesus to a mock trial that resulted in a death sentence for the one who would be called the King of the Jews. He was hastily crucified and quickly buried before the Sabbath began.
On Holy Saturday, not much happened…that we know of, at least. Since it was the Jewish Sabbath, all activity came to a grinding halt, and Jesus’ followers had to wait until the next day to properly prepare his body for burial.
On Easter Sunday, a couple of women went to Jesus’ tomb to anoint him for burial, but when they arrived, he wasn’t there. The tomb was empty, and an angel greeted them with the news that Jesus was alive. The women hurried back to tell the others, and Jesus surprised his grieving disciples by showing up among them.