What is “Holy Week”?

That is a good question, and one that many professing Christians are very confused about.
The truth is that there is no such thing in the Holy Bible, or to a Christian, as “Holy Week”, “Good Friday”, “Easter Sunday”, or “Lent”.
All of these terms are pagan traditions of men, based solely upon Roman Catholic traditions, borrowed from Egypt and Babylon, and they have nothing to do with Christ, or his people.
So, what really happened during that week when our Lord Jesus was crucified?
Let us take a look into the scriptures, and see for ourselves…
Let us begin with the preparation, on the fourteenth day of the first month, which is the passover, when our Lord Jesus was crucified for our sins.
 
 
“And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.​”

​According to the scriptures in Exodus 12, the people of Israel were to take to themselves a lamb on the tenth day of the first month, and keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month, and then kill it in the even. This is the ordinance of the Passover.
And, being that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God (John 1:29), and our Passover which was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7), he rode into Jerusalem on the back of the foal of an ass (Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:5) to be declared the King of Israel on the tenth day of the first month, which in that particular year fell on the seventh day of the week. The Romans call that day Saturday.
The people laid down palm branches and garments for him in the way, and declared, “Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” (Matthew 21:9, John 12:13)
(Note: It is not “Palm Sunday”, like the Catholics and Protestants teach. This happened on the sabbath day, Saturday.)
Then, four days later, on the fourteenth day of the month, which was the fourth day of the week (which the Romans call Wednesday), our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified; and at the ninth hour of the day (3 pm), he cried, “It is finished”…and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:30)
(Again, this was not on Friday, like the Catholics and Protestants teach. It was on Wednesday, the fourth day of the week. There is no such thing as “Good Friday” in the Bible, or to a Christian. The Bible says that the Lord was in the grave for three days and three nights [Matthew 12:40]; and from Friday evening to Sunday morning is only a day and a half, not three days and three nights.)
Now, according to God’s calendar, the evening and the morning are the day, so the day begins when the sun sets, and it goes from sunset to sunset. (Genesis 1:5)
Being then, that at about 6 pm that same evening when the sun would set, it would then be the fifteenth day of the month, and the beginning of the feast of unleavened bread (Leviticus 23:5-8), and also being that it is written in the law that whosoever is hanged on a tree is accursed (Deuteronomy 21:22,23), the Jews only had a few hours to get the Lord and the other two men off of the crosses and bury them, otherwise they would not have been able to keep the feast, the land being defiled by dead bodies.
So, that evening was called the “preparation”, because as soon as the sun went down, it was the beginning of the feast of unleavened bread; and they were preparing for the feast.
When the sun went down that evening, it was a sabbath. Not the weekly seventh day sabbath, but the sabbath which was the first day of the 7 day feast of unleavened bread.
“In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord‘s passover.

And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.”

So, that sabbath was on the fifteenth day of the month, which was the fifth day of the week (which the Romans call Thursday); and they rested on that day according to the law.
Then, on the sixth day of the week (which the Romans call Friday), the women went and prepared spices to anoint the body of the Lord (Mark 16:1), and then rested again on the seventh day sabbath (which the Romans call Saturday).
And then, after the sabbath was past, sometime early in the morning the first day of the week, our Lord was risen from the dead, and an angel rolled back the stone that had been sealed by the Roman soldiers, and he began to appear to his disciples.
(Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:2, Luke 24:1, John 20:1)
He then appeared to them for forty days, and then gave them these instructions:
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.​”

Mark 16:15-18
 
…and then he ascended into heaven in front of them all; and ten days later the new testament began on the day of Pentecost (which is the feast of weeks, and means the fiftieth day after his resurrection); and from that day and forward Peter and all the apostles began to preach:
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Acts 2:38
 
This is the way of salvation in Jesus Christ for all men, from that day until our Lord Jesus Christ returns to take the kingdom and reign in Jerusalem.
 
HE IS RISEN INDEED!
 
Amen.

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