Put yourself in the sandals of Jesus’ followers that week. What a roller-coaster of emotions they experienced!
Confusion—on the way to Jerusalem as Jesus kept on predicting his violent death
Euphoria—as the crowds lauded Jesus as King coming into the city
Shock—as Jesus angrily expelled money-makers from the Temple courtyards
Amazement—as Jesus stymied repeated verbal traps of religious leaders
Consternation—as Jesus predicted the future destruction of Jerusalem and another return of His sometime in the future
Shock—as Mary “wasted” a fortune in perfume on Jesus’ body
Weariness—as they tried to stay awake in the garden while Jesus prayed in agony
Panic—as Jesus was arrested (they all fled)
Grief—as Jesus was tortured, crucified, and then died
Hopelessness—as they buried and mourned this friend they’d come to believe was their long-awaited Messiah
Incredulity—as they discovered the empty tomb!
Jubilation—as they encountered Jesus, their risen Messiah and God
HE HAS WON! HE IS VICTOR OVER DEATH AND SIN!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!