Holy Week Devotional Scripture Reading Guide

Welcome to this Holy Week Devotional Reading Guide as we journey through the week before Easter, commonly called Holy Week or Passion Week.

This week recollects the final week of Jesus’ life on earth, a sacred tome of reflection and renewal. In the midst of bustling schedules and demands, these short daily devotions were written to offer moments of spiritual nourishment, and to guide us through the meaningful events leading up to Easter. 

We will move through the final steps of our Savior, Jesus, starting with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the crucifiion and then the glorious hope given to us by His resurrection on Easter Sunday.  

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Throughout this week, we’ll be digging into the significance of each day of Passion Week with a short devotional reading and several related Bible verses for reflection. At the end of the article, you’ll be able to download a 1-page printable Bible verse guide with the Scriptures for each day.

You can use this simple guide for deeper contemplation even in the busyness of this season.I pray that these moments of reflection may bring inspiration and renewed strength, and help you find hope and joy in the ultimate sacrifice and triumph of Easter.

Palm Sunday

Although this day was just a single day in history, it has been memorialized throughout the ages. The crowds thought this was the beginning of a triumphant takeover and the beginning of the reign of King Jesus in Jerusalem. The Messiah Himself knew what it really meant. His assignment on earth was nearly complete and His work in heaven was about to begin.

It was the time of the annual Passover feast, and the city of Jerusalem was overcrowded with over 200,000 pilgrims who had made their way there to celebrate and worship. When Jesus came into town riding upon the young donkey, the people cheered and threw cloaks and tree branches onto the street before Him, thinking they were honoring their new king, come to save them from the oppression of Roman rule. 

They welcomed the rumor that there was coming a king for them who would be all-powerful. Little did they know that their cries of Hosanna were actually prophetic and though they probably knew the words they cried out meant “save us”, what they didn’t know was how quickly this King would do just that. 

Jesus was not riding into the city on a powerful steed to offer political reprieve or even safety. He came with a different kind of power, not to overthrow an oppressive government. In reality, He came in humility (which maybe even looked like humiliation, riding on a little colt), to serve His people with His life, to pay for our sins so we can live in the presence of God forever. 

Yes, they were saying “Lord, save us! Lord, please grant us success! He who comes in the name of the Lord is blessed.” They cried out in order to honor their King, this son of David. But He was not the warrior and savior they were expecting – in fact, their Messiah was a much different Savior and King of kings than they had imagined in their wildest dreams. He was Almighty God, come to save their souls. However, they were unaware, as many still are. 

It wasn’t until later, after Christ had been crucified, that His disciples remembered and understood the meaning of this all. 

Reflect on these Scripture readings for today: 

Holy Monday  

After the triumphal procession and many other works that He did on the day we call Palm Sunday, Jesus and His disciples went out to Bethany to spend the night (Mark 11:11). The next day they returned to Jerusalem.

On the way, He and the disciples passed an unfruitful fig tree, and Jesus cursed it, saying it would never again bear fruit. When they arrived in the city, Jesus saw the buying and selling that was taking place for personal gain inside of the Holy Temple, and He cleansed it, overturning tables and chasing out the vendors.

Many of these sellers were selling lambs for the Passover sacrifice, as most of the people couldn’t transport a lamb on their pilgrimage. However, this had turned into a profitable business for the vendors, involving cheating and selling much more than just the holy lambs – right there in God’s holy temple.

Both of these acts symbolize the bending and utter downfall of the system of the Law of God. At this point in His ministry, Jesus was ready to expose the rampant sacrilege in the Jewish religious system. He was sent to cleanse and purify, demonstrating the need for true worship and godly, fruitful living.

Today, read and meditate on these Scriptures:

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Good Friday (Or Preparation Day)

Holy Saturday

Resurrection Sunday (Or Easter Sunday)

Resurrection Sunday is a joyful day, commemorating the day Jesus rose from the dead for each one of us personally. 

Early in the morning, still in a state of shock, some of the disciples and the women go to Jesus’ tomb before dawn. The stone has been rolled away, and His body is gone. The angel tells them not to be afraid because He had been resurrected, just as He had said! They are shocked, terrified, and jubilant all at the same time. 

He appears that day, at first to some of them individually, and then when they are all together. He patiently helps them all to understand. The Bible says He opened their minds, interpreting the Scriptures so that they could understand them, from beginning to end. 

He reminds them that the Messiah was to suffer and then rise from the dead and that all who believe and proclaim His name will have forgiveness of their sins and new life because of this Good News of the Gospel.

He gives them the responsibility of spreading this Good News to the ends of the earth so that all people can know of His offer of eternal life. 

Jesus walks with them and teaches them for the next forty days, until He is carried up into heaven, with the command for them and for all believers everywhere, to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations”. 

Joyfully consider these Scriptures today as you celebrate the living Christ:

For further reading about the Easter season, check out Good Friday Bible Verses OR Easter Sunday Bible Verses.

I hope these brief Holy Week devotional readings have served as reminders of the season’s significance. May they make for a deeper connection with the timeless truths found in the narrative of the Easter season.

May the joy of Easter, with its promise of hope, new beginnings, and everlasting love, fill your hearts with peace and assurance, helping you to be a light to all those around you, not only during the days of Holy Week but as you go into the world with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Messiah, just as He commanded us all to do.

Holy Week devotional Scripture reading guide

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