Good Friday – Jesus was crucified on Golgatha, which means the Place of the Skull (Mark 15:22) The sky turned dark for three hours (Mark 15:33). Jesus cried, “Father! Into your hands I commit my spirit!” and He died (Luke 23:46). The disciple Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:18-19, “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” The blood of Jesus Christ is absolutely the most precious thing God has offered us.
Holy Saturday – On Saturday of Passion week, we remember the time Jesus spent in the tomb. “So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it” (Matthew 27:66).
The Resurrection of Jesus ends Passion week with a victorious celebration ! “…he appeared to Peter, then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also…” (1 Corinthians 15:5-7).
Passion Week is a time we remember the events of Jesus between Palm Sunday and His resurrection. We see the passion Jesus lived and the passion that He died. We can share in Jesus’ passion through our worship of Him and in our proclamation of His Gospel.