Holy Week Readings

In preparation for Holy Week, we have provided a reading schedule for each day of the week to help you focus on the events surrounding Easter.  Each day's reading will give context to the work of Jesus on that last week of his earthly ministry.  

You can follow the readings below or you can find the brochure here.

PALM SUNDAY:

  • 1Kings 1:38-40 — This is the account of Solomon’s coronation. Notice the common elements between this story and that of Mark 11.
  • Psalm 2 — This is a coronation Psalm. Palm Sunday is, in some ways, the first installment of Jesus being enthroned as King. Here he takes his place in God’s holy city. The surprise for the original readers of the psalm is that it was actually God’s Son who became their king.
  • Mark 11:1-11 — This is the account of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The city was packed with pilgrims entering the city with hopes that God would deliver his people from their oppression. Some Jews finally realized that their fellow Pilgrim was also the Deliverer.
  • Revelation 19:11-16 — Jesus won’t always ride a donkey.

MONDAY:

  • 1Kings 8:1-21 — The temple, the king, and the presence of God are intricately woven together.
  • John 2:13-22 — Jesus’ most significant act on his first full day in Jerusalem was cleansing the temple. John moves this account to the beginning of his Gospel since it is so pivotal in his understanding Jesus’ work and identity as the Son. This act plays a significant role in his crucifixion (Matt 26:61).
  • Revelation 4 — Jesus succeeds at “rebuilding” the temple.

TUESDAY:

  • Psalm 122 — This is a celebration of Jerusalem. For God’s people, there was great peace in knowing the king was on his throne and the city was secure. During Holy Week, the rightful King roamed the streets of Zion.
  • Matthew 23 — All is not right in God’s Holy City. Jesus does not come to bring peace, but a sword. His pronouncements against the religious elite seal his fate but his mission is to proclaim the truth and please his Father. So he speaks with no regard for his own safety.

WEDNESDAY:

  • Matthew 24 — This passage, known as the Olivet Discourse, is Jesus’ most prophetic statement. This, like his teachings in John 14-16, is a shepherd preparing his flock for his departure. The Father does not let the sin of crucifying his Son go unpunished, and here the Son advises his brothers regarding that day of judgment.
  • John 12:1-8 — Jesus is anointed at Bethany in preparation for his death and burial. Truly, no one was taking Jesus’ life from him. He was in control of these events and laid down his life, willingly, for his sheep.

MAUNDY THURSDAY:

  • Luke 22:1-23 — Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples and then instituted a new feast, a Christian feast, known as the Lord’s Supper.
  • John 14 — Known as the Upper Room Discourse, John 14-16 is one of the largest recorded teaching of Jesus. Since it is organized around his eminent departure, it is certainly one of the most intimate.
  • John 17 — Jesus prayed to the Father right before he is arrested.

GOOD FRIDAY:

  • Matthew 26:26-27:61 — The trial & execution of Jesus. We will read this Scripture as part of our Good Friday service.

HOLY SATURDAY:

  • Isaiah 53 — What Jesus did on Friday.
  • Hebrews 9 — What Jesus was doing on Saturday.

EASTER SUNDAY:

  • Luke 24 — The resurrection, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and the ascension. This is the passage we read together at the sunrise service on Easter Morning.