3 Lessons from Holy Week

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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.

Grace and Peace

Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker.

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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18 thoughts on “3 Lessons from Holy Week

  1. Melissa G. Henderson – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Amen. Our words and actions should reflect the light and love of Jesus Christ. Great message Yvonne.

    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 Melissa. Our words should always reflect Jesus to the world. I pray we can be faithful to do so. Grace and peace to you.

    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 Jessica. Each day teaches us something new and special. Thanks for commenting. Grace and peace to you

  2. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    Stephen De La Vega

    These are great lessons and examples to us. I’m always impressed with Jesus’ ability to overlook Judas’ betrayal and to include him in His last special time with His disciples before going to the cross. Thank you for these lessons on service, love, and faith.

    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

      Very welcome Stephen. I pray we can all learn to love like Christ. Grace and peace to you

  3. Jeanne Takenaka – Award winning aspiring novelist, Jeanne Takenaka, writes contemporary inspirational fiction that tackles real life issues with a heart to draw women closer to God and those around them. She lives near the mountains in Colorado with her amazing husband and two exuberant boy-men. She loves being God’s girl—always learning about His grace, hanging out with friends and enjoying a great cup of coffee. When she’s not writing you can find her with a camera in her hand, looking for #alittlebitofpretty in her days.
    Jeanne Takenaka

    Your lessons are so perfect to meditate on as we head into Holy Week. When I look to Jesus as my example, and I choose to live like Him, my pride will have to be set aside so I can accurately reflect Him.

    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

      I love this season because it gives us the time and reason to meditate on the resurrection. Thanks for commenting Jeanne. Grace and peace to you

  4. 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

    Thank you for sharing these heartwarming examples as we approach Holy Week. The events of this week are life changing and we can glean much from what we read in these accounts. There are a richness of truths to be found here.

    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

      I think these are the such special days to think about and to experience each year. They events of Holy Week are truly life changing. Grace and peace to you Melinda

  5. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    I love these lessons and the application. Wonderful!

    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 so much Nancy. Grace and peace to you.

  6. Jesus never stops to think of Himself first. The revelation from this day teaches us to love everyone with unconditional love and without exception. This is the most difficult lesson for me: to consider others’ needs above my own without becoming co dependent. Thank you for this thoughtful post!

    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 Candice. Grace and peace to you

    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 so much Karen. Grace and peace to you

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

    Yvonne, this post reminds me of the adage:
    “The Bible was not given to us for information, but for transformation!”

    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

      That is a great thought. I love it. Thanks for sharing it Ava. Grace and peace to you

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