Activities of Jesus Christ’s Last Week

Goes to Bethphage, mounts donkey, descends Mount of Olives, makes “Triumphal entry” into Jerusalem, returns to Bethany. (Mt. 21:1-14; Mk. 11:1-11; Lk. 19:29-47; Jn 12:12-19.)

Leaves Bethany for Jerusalem, curses fig tree, heals blind and lame, cleanses the temple, returns to Bethany. (Mt. 21:12-22; Mk. 11:12-19; Lk. 19:45-48; Jn 2:13-17.)

Saw withered fig tree on way to Jerusalem, enters temple, answers questions on authority, tribute money, marriage after resurrection, great commandment, whose Son He is. Condemns Pharisees, laments over Jerusalem, talks of widow’s mite, sought by Greeks. Voice from heaven is heard. Discourse on Mount of Olives, tells of final judgment, chief priests plot to take him, anointed by Mary. Judas arranges betrayal. (Mt. 21:20-26:13; Mk. 11:20-14:9; Lk 20:1-22:2; Jn 12:1-50.)

May have been in Bethany, then at temple during daytime. In the evening, he goes to “upper room” in Jerusalem for last supper. Washes disciple’s feet, eats Passover meal, reveals his betrayer, foretells his death, institutes sacrament, tells Peter he will deny him, gives dissertation about the Comforter, goes to Mount of Olives where he continues teaching his disciples, prays in the Garden of Gethsemane; is betrayed, arrested and bound. (Mt. 26:17-56; Mk. 14:12-52; Lk 22:7-54; Jn. 13:2-18:14.) About midnight, he is taken into Jerusalem, first to Annas, then to Caiaphas and tried by the Sanhedrin. He is mocked and maltreated, denied by Peter.

In the morning, Jesus is tried and condemned by Jews, taken before Pilate, then Herod, returned to Pilate. Pilate condemns and delivers him up to be crucified. He goes to Calvary and is crucified, then buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea. (Mt. 26:57-27:66; Mk. 14:53-15:47; Lk. 22:54-23:56; Jn 18:15-19:42.). This day is the Passover and a preparation day before the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is a high sabbath day. (Mk 15:42). Burial before sundown.

First day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is a high sabbath day (Jn 19:31). Body lies in tomb. Roman guard set.

Weekly sabbath day. Body lies in tomb. Roman guard continues.

Resurrection before sunrise. Tomb discovered to be empty before dawn. The Lord is resurrected (Mt. 28: Mk. 16; Lk. 24; Jn. 20) Christ has risen on the third day (Mt. 12:40, Lk 24:21).