3 Lessons from Holy Week

Stories of love and sacrifice touch my heart. I love to hear tales of unselfish sacrifices to help others. Stories that show someone taking time out of their busy day to help their elderly neighbor or rescuing a stuck animal. These types of stories give me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside and renew my belief in the goodness of people. They can also make me want to be a better person, and some of them even stir me to change my ways. Let’s look at 3 lessons from Holy Week that teach us to be better people.

As I look towards the Easter Season at church, I reflect on a Biblical story of sacrifice. We find it told in the pages of the Gospels in the Bible. The story tells us about Jesus’ journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The verses found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John detail the final days of Christ’s life on earth. Let’s look at the lessons from this week in the church’s calendar. Will they inspire us to change our lives and become better people?

Lesson One

The venture begins on a day we call Maundy Thursday. This is the day our Lord ate the Last Supper with His disciples. After the meal, Jesus washed the feet of His band of twelve followers. Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, and He still includes him in these events. The lesson of this part of the story teaches us to serve those around us, even if they hurt us or betray us.

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Lesson Two

Next, we learn of the events from the day we call Good Friday. A secret trial occurs and finds Jesus guilty. The court condemns Him to death on a cross. He is innocent of any crime, but Jesus willingly suffers crucifixion for the love of all humanity. Jesus never stops to think of Himself first. The revelation from this day teaches us to love everyone with unconditional love and without exception.

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Lesson Three

Finally, sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, we find the best part of the story. It tells us of the resurrection of Jesus. Mary and several other women went to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body in the Jewish tradition. They found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. An angel told the women that Jesus had risen from the dead, and He had defeated death itself. The empty tomb offers us the truth of life after death for all who believe in Christ. This day teaches us faith.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 (NIV)
Applying the Lessons from Holy Week

The lessons from the Easter story in the Bible warm our hearts. They also show us how to be better people. But God wants to do more than giving us a good feeling. God calls us to take these words to heart and change how we live. He sacrificed everything to show us that He is the way, the truth, and the life. And through His words, we have the added bonus of eternal life. We only need to believe.

Blessings,

Yvonne M Morgan, #Blogger, #Speaker, #Writer

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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14 thoughts on “3 Lessons from Holy Week

  1. Unmasking the Mess – I'm a wife, mother, writer and Jesus follower. I make a lot of messes or seem to get into messes. I honestly admit that I need help from God every day. Unmask the mess with me and find out why messes might be good.
    Unmasking the Mess

    Great reminder that every week is an opportunity for us to better ourselves!

  2. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Thank you for the reminder that reading these familiar accounts is not enough if we don’t apply what we learn!

  3. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    God gives us opportunities to show His love to others in every moment. I pray I will shine His love today with everyone I see. 🙂

  4. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Thank you for helping us pause and take in another layer of God’s lessons for us through His Word and through the sacrifice of Christ. May it be more than another “nice’ story, but something that goes deep and truly changes us. For Jesus’ sake and ours!

  5. Marcie Cramsey – Culpeper, Virginia – Marcie Cramsey who has been a Children's Minister/Leader for over 30 years lives in Fredericksburg, Va. Her number one passion is loving Jesus Christ. Second to that is her family. She will say that filling the roles of wife and mother is the highest honor that God has allowed her to fill. She spends her days serving others, reading, writing, and hiking and biking (when weather permits). She has been married for 30+ years to her best friend, Dan. They both have four wonderful grown children. Marcie recently published a book for parents, titled "Deep and Wide: Raising Children Deep in Jesus and Wide in Influence." This book teaches parents how to raise their children through relationship. It's been called "the most unique parenting book written." You can purchase this book at Amazon and Westbow Press.com.
    Marcie Cramsey

    I have always been struct by the one lesson you point out, “Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, and He still includes him in these events. The lesson of this part of the story teaches us to serve those around us, even if they hurt us or betray us.” Jesus’ love for Judas was there, willing to forgive and give grace. Jesus wanted more for Judas than Judas wanted for himself. I want to be that person who loves even those who betray and me.

  6. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    authordlv

    These are great lessons, Yvonne. I especially like that Jesus never thought to serve Himself or to put Himself before others. He always did God’s bidding in love. Praise Him for that.

  7. Yvonne, it never was about feeling good, but the truths to live out our faith in this world. So thankful Jesus showed us the way. And grateful for Good Friday. It’s good, good news!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen.

  8. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Changing the way we live is the challenge, not just knowing the facts, not just repeating prayers and daily actions of devotion. How are we changed? How should we then live? Thanks for, once again, putting your finger right on our deepest needs.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen. Thanks for commenting

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