The Passion Week of Jesus holds great importance in the Christian faith. It is the last week of Jesus' life leading up to his crucifixion and resurrection. This week starts with Jesus being welcomed into Jerusalem with crowds waving palm branches and shouting "Hosanna!" This marks the beginning of a series of profound events, such as the Last Supper, the betrayal by Judas, Jesus' arrest and trial, and finally, his crucifixion and resurrection.
It is only fitting that a substantial part of Mark's Gospel focuses on the events of Jesus' final week. Mark boldly declared in the opening of his Gospel, "The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God." (Mark 1:1). Therefore, every aspect of Jesus' life and ministry has been leading up to this momentous week.
The passion of Jesus was the ultimate display of God's love for humanity and marked the pinnacle of His plan for redemption. Jesus entered Jerusalem as the much-anticipated Messiah, only to be betrayed by one of his own disciples. Despite undergoing a sham trial and being mercilessly beaten, Jesus ultimately prevailed through his death and resurrection, overcoming sin and death and providing a means of salvation and everlasting life to all who believe in him. Through his act of love and sacrifice, Jesus demonstrated the power of redemption, leading to a path of salvation and eternal life with God. This one week changed everything and continues to impact the lives of millions of people around the world today.