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A seven day bible study through the last moments in the life of Jesus

The joy of Easter is unlike anything else. That’s why it’s important to experience all of the events of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and continuing to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

As Easter nears, we want to help you make the most of this time with daily Bible passages, reflection questions, Spotify playlists, and more. Whether you do this week-long devotional with your family, Small Group, or by yourself, we hope it will help you dig deeper into your understanding and appreciation of Jesus’ journey to the cross.

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Create a suitable atmosphere while you’re reading today’s Scripture and considering the reflection questions with this Easter Spotify playlist. Or simply focus on the lyrics and what they mean to you.


  • How would you need to feel about someone to honor them in the way the crowd honors Jesus
  • What do you think it says about Jesus that he came into the city riding a young donkey?
  • How have you seen God entering into your life in the past few weeks?

What were the people celebrating?

The people who cheered Jesus as he entered Jerusalem for the last time were convinced their long-awaited Messiah had finally come. They worshiped the Son of David and blessed his name and prepared for him to overthrow their Roman oppressors. But they were in no way prepared for what would unfold over the next few days. What was the Jewish Messiah and what were the people hoping for in the next King over Israel? Watch this video from the Bible Project to learn more!

Palm Sunday

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:1-11

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you,gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”


  • In the temple courts, sinful activity was getting in the way of worship. What activities can stand in between you and God?
  • How can you make those activities less of a priority in order to better focus on God?


SCRIPTURE: Luke 19:45-20:8

Jesus at the Temple
When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

The Authority of Jesus Questioned
One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”

He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me: John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?”

They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”

So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”


  • What does loving God with “all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” mean to you? What are the differences between these things?
  • What can you do to “love your neighbor as yourself?”


SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:28-34

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.


  • How do the disciples react to this woman’s act? How does Jesus react? How would you have reacted?
  • How can you express your love for Jesus like the woman in this passage?


SCRIPTURE: Mark 14:1-11

Jesus Anointed at Bethany
Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.


  • How does reading about the Last Supper affect how you approach Communion?
  • How does Jesus redefine greatness?
  • What words or actions of ours might be perceived as “denying Jesus?”


Today is a day for remembering Jesus’ command to love and serve one another. Take a moment to think about how God might be calling you to be the hands and feet of Jesus for someone around you today. It could be as simple as writing an encouraging note or going out of the way to do something nice for someone in your household. If you want to see the many ways you can serve in our church, community, and world, visit hpumc.org/serve.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service

Thursday, April 1 | 7:00pm | Sanctuary & Online
Join us in person or online (at hpumconline.org or our YouTube and Facebook channels) for our Maundy Thursday worship service.

Also known as “Holy Thursday,” Maundy Thursday is a time to remember the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. “Maundy” comes from the Latin word meaning “mandate” or “commandment,” reminding us of Jesus' command to love and serve one another.

Maundy Thursday

SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:14-30

The Last Supper
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.


  • Why is it so important for us to pause and remember the death of Jesus before we celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday morning?
  • Why do you think Jesus had to die?
  • The death of Jesus was the darkest day in human history, so why do we call today “Good” Friday? Where does this goodness come from?

Good Friday

Friday, April 2 | 12:00 pm | Sanctuary & Online
Join us at noon in person or online (at hpumconline.org or our YouTube and Facebook channels) for our Good Friday worship service. We'll also rebroadcast this service online-only at 7:00 pm.

This is a day that proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is a “good” day because, through Jesus’ death, God closed the gap between Him and us. God was not making the best of a bad situation but was working out His intention for the world — winning salvation for all people. We also call it “good” because we look backward at the crucifixion through the lens of Easter.

Good Friday

SCRIPTURE: John 19:16-30

The Crucifixion of Jesus
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

“Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,“They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”So this is what the soldiers did.

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.


  • How do you think the followers of Jesus were feeling the day after the death of Jesus?
  • What do you think it says about the Jewish leaders' beliefs about Jesus and his followers that they asked for extra security at the tomb?

Easter Vigil

Saturday, April 3 | 7:00 pm | Cox Chapel
The Easter vigil is the first official service of Easter. The vigil tells the story of God’s saving acts throughout history, culminating in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This service celebrates God’s grace through the symbols of light, word, water, and the heavenly banquet. Registration not required.

Holy Saturday

SCRIPTURE: John 19:38-42; Matthew 27:62-66

The Burial of Jesus
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

The Guard at the Tomb
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.


  • What different emotions were experienced by those who heard Jesus was alive or saw him? What emotions would you have felt?
  • What does it look like for you to follow Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples” in the days and weeks to come?


The resurrection of Jesus is the heart and soul of what it means to be a Christian. It’s the foundation of our faith and the only hope we have for salvation beyond death and contentment in life. Easter Sunday is when we proclaim the joyous news that Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed!

Easter Online

Sunday, April 4 | 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Not only are all of our in-person Easter worship services streamed live on hpumconline.org, but we also offer an online-only service broadcasted at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. If you’re not quite ready for in-person worship just yet or will be out of town, you can still enjoy a classic Easter worship experience from the comfort of your own home. Watch online at hpumconline.org or stream on YouTube, Facebook, Roku, or Apple TV.

Easter Sunday

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:1-20

Jesus Has Risen
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Guards’ Report
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”