What Does Holy Week Mean to You? It Means Whatever You Want it to Mean

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Nicole D. Hayes, Founder, Voices Against the Grain

Palm Sunday. Passover. Maundy Thursday. Good Friday. Resurrection Sunday. What does Holy Week mean to you? Well, it can mean whatever you want it to mean. I’ll explain.

For many of us, Holy Week is an amplified adoration, gratefulness and reverence we carry within us DAILY, 52 weeks of the year, to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for paying for our sins when He was sinless. No other sacrifice would do. He was the final Lamb slain—once and for all. He purchased our freedom from sin, broke the chains that would hold us, and through His resurrection, we have victory over the grave (eternal life, John 3:16) and our enemy Satan.

For many of us, Holy Week brings unspeakable joy and tears as we try to comprehend the full cost and suffering paid by Jesus for us.

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For some, Holy Week is simply going through the motions of family and church traditions, culminating with wearing their best outfits, Easter egg hunts, a full-spread brunch, lunch or dinner and a nap. The following week, with Holy Week in the rear view mirror, some return to their usual perverse speech, foul thinking, empty pursuits, and thirst for worldly living—even after having been at the well of He Who provides “living waters” where we’ll never thirst again (John 4:14).

For some, something said during Holy Week or an encounter with Jesus will bring them to a full I-don’t-care-what-people-think surrender of their intellectual pride, materialism, fleshly ways, with a cry out to the Lord to say, “Jesus, I don’t want to be this way anymore. All I want is You. Cleanse me. Please restore my soul. Please, make me over.”


Holy Week: It means whatever you want it to mean. 

Heavenly Father, we pray for unbelievers to come to a saving knowledge of Your precious Son Jesus Christ; to realize how directionless, empty and meaningless this world and this life is without relationship with Jesus. Our purpose is found in Him! We also pray for the Body of Christ to be unified in an even greater love for Jesus, to have a thirst to know Him more and boldly unashamed to share His love with others.

Thank you, Jesus, for giving your all for all. My Redeemer, My Savior, My King. I love you. I can’t praise you enough!



Yearning for the Greater

“You don’t hire an interior decorator for a hotel room. You don’t change the carpets and drapes in a hotel room because your stay there is temporary.”- Kirk Franklin

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Nicole D. Hayes, Founder, Voices Against the Grain

For those in Christ Jesus, today, every day and particularly this Holy Week, we’re gratefully reminded of the hope and freedom Christ obtained for us on the Cross at Calvary and beyond the tomb.

Mankind steeped in a fallen nature from Adam’s sin, was cursed and doomed to eternal damnation and separation from God. The deep chasm created between a holy God and our filthy hearts was bridged by Christ’s sacrifice and unconditional love for us. The punishment we deserved for our wicked thoughts and actions, he took on for us by being nailed to that old, rugged, wooden Cross. He became the curse for us (“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”- Galatians 3:13 ESV and Deuteronomy 21:23) so that none would perish who believe in Him.

We can become burdened by this world’s activities, routines and chaos that we forget that this is not our home. This is a temporary living space to prepare and shape us for our eternal home and living. As the aforementioned quote by gospel artist Kirk Franklin suggests, we’re not putting down stakes on a temporary living space to then hire interior decorators. We’re here for a purpose that transcends beyond this life into true living. This is Christ’s promise to us.

In short but powerful words, the chorus to the gospel song “Glorious Day/Living He Loved Me,” tells the full, joyous testimony: “Living He loved me. Dying He saved me. Buried, He carried my sins far away. Rising He justified me, freed me forever. One day He’s coming back, Glorious day!”

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Thank you Jesus, for paying the penalty for my sins when you were blameless. Because of you, I am free from what held me. Thank you Jesus for becoming my Greatest Hope beyond this temporary living and the challenges therein. Your Promises encourage us to look beyond our present circumstances. As I fulfill Your will for me on this temporary ground and in this temporary vessel, I maintain my focus on and yearn for the greater.

Do you yearn expectantly for the greater promise of eternity spent with Jesus and our Brothers and Sisters in Christ? Or are you consumed by this world’s routines that you’ve begun decorating a hotel room here?


Nicole D. Hayes is the founder of Voices Against the Grain, a bold teaching ministry launched in May 2013. Nicole’s purpose in creating Voices Against the Grain is to be light in darkness, to boldly instruct truth amid confusion so as to bring clarity and restoration.

Learn more about Nicole D. Hayes here.