John 13:34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

     Holy week is the week which begins with Palm Sunday and continues through the Saturday preceding Easter.  It is a week celebrated by Christians around the world and in some countries the entire week is a national holiday.

     On Holy Monday Jesus cursed the fig tree, chased the merchants out of the temple and responded to Jewish leaders who questioned His authority.

     On Holy Tuesday Jesus foretold of his own death.

     On Holy Wednesday Judas Iscariot arranged for the betrayal of Jesus with the chief priest.

     Holy Thursday, also called Maundy Thursday, Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples.  Maundy is a shortened form of the Latin word ‘mandatum’ which means ‘command’.  During the Last Supper Jesus commanded his disciples to love one another (John 13:34-35).

     Also on Maundy Thursday, Jesus washed his disciple’s feet, was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.

     Holy Friday, known as Good Friday, was the day that Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate, was sentenced to death, tortured, crucified, died and was placed in the tomb.  Jesus redeemed mankind through his self-sacrifice and saved those who believe in him from eternal separation from God.