Bible Study: Passion Week: Introduction:

This Passion Week we will celebrate what Jesus did for us by remembering His sacrifice through our study the next ten days. Each day will have a short study on our Savior’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. During this short study we will have questions, a prayer, and praises to God and Jesus.

Passion Week is a time to honor God for what His Son Jesus did for us on the cross. Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). Also included within Passion Week are Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9.

Passion Week contained several memorable events. Jesus cleansed the Temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Then He gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times and taught many things, including the signs of His second coming. Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room (Luke 22:7-38), then went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, was arrested and taken to several sham trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod (Luke 22:54-23:25).

Following the trials, Jesus was scourged at the hands of the Roman soldiers, then was forced to carry His own instrument of execution (the Cross) through the streets of Jerusalem along what is known as the Via Dolorosa (way of sorrows). Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha on the day before the Sabbath, was buried and remained in the tomb until Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, and then gloriously resurrected.

It is referred to as Passion Week because in that time, Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for us in the suffering He willingly went through on our behalf. What should our attitude be during Passion Week? We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection. As we study these short stages of Passion Week, we will also reminded of the last seven sayings Jesus spoke on the cross before He died for us.

A prayer:

I am so grateful, Lord, because You have made a way for me and my family to have eternal life through Your sacrifice. I pray a prayer of gratefulness to You, my Lord and Savior. Studying this has been a blessing to me, and has open my eyes to what Jesus really did for me, personally. This is so true! On my own, I am totally unworthy of salvation, and nothing I do or say can change that. I am a sinner saved by grace. Yet, despite my disobedience and stubbornness, You value me, Lord. You believe I am worth saving, and You will go to any length, even to death on a cross, to show me Your everlasting love. You wash away my sins. You make me holy. You stand before the throne of Your Father and claim me as Your own, exempt from sin and judgement. Because of Your sacrifice, I am made worthy. Thank You, my Savior. I love You, Lord. I worship You, Lord. I Corinthians 6:11 says, “But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God I am born-again today.” AMEN.

Below are the seven last sayings of Jesus on the cross. We are not doing the seven last sayings this year, but each days of Passion Week we will reflect on each one as we focus on each stage of Jesus’ last days, which was His death, burial, resurrection, and His ascension. We will do this in the ten days of Passion Week.

Luke 23:34: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do”

Luke 23:43: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

John 19:26–27: “Woman, behold your son. Son Behold your mother.”

Matthew 27:46: “My God, My God, have you forsaken me?”

John 19:28: “I thirst.”

John 19:29-30: “It is finished.”

Luke 23:46: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

This is our study Outline:

Day 1…………………. His Death

Day 2…………………. His Burial-Part 1

Day 2…………………. His Burial-Part 2

Day 3…………………. His Resurrection

Day 4…………………. His Ascension

Day 5…………………. Answer Questions

Day 6…………………. Answer Questions

Day 7…………………. Answer Questions

Day 8…………………..Answer Questions

Day 9…………………..Praises

Day 10…………………Prayers

We will start on Sunday April 9th through Saturday April 15th and ending on Easter Sunday April 16th.

God bless!

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