The Final Days of Jesus

The following is a chronology of the last week of Jesus’ life with key verses which highlight those events.

Sunday

Crowds which were gathered in Jerusalem for the Passover feast heard Jesus was approaching town and went out to meet Him with palm branches which they waved and laid in his path in celebration of his arrival.
          “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (John 12:13)

Wednesday

Two days before Passover the chief priests conspired to have Jesus arrested and killed.

Before Passover Judas makes a deal with the chief priests to betray Jesus.
          “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” (Matthew 26:15)

Thursday

Jesus and His disciples eat the Passover meal (the Last Supper)  together.

Jesus foretells His betrayal.
“Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” (Matthew 26:20)

Jesus tells the disciples they will desert Him.
          “This very night you will all fall away on account of me…” (Matthew 26:31)

Peter says he will never deny Christ.
  “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” (Matthew 26:35)

After the meal they go to Gethsemane where Jesus agonizes in prayer.
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
(Matthew 26:39)              

Jesus is arrested in the garden after Judas identifies him.
“The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” (Matthew 26:48)

Jesus is tried before the Jewish leaders.
“He is worthy of death…” Matthew 26:66)

Peter denies he knows Jesus when confronted.
“I don’t know the man!” (Matthew 26:74)


Friday

Jesus is sent to the Roman governor for trial.

Judas hangs himself.
  “I have sinned, for I have betrayed innocent blood.” (Matthew 27:4)

Jesus is questioned by Pilate and found innocent under Roman law.
“I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one
pris
oner at the time of the Passover…” (John 18:38-39)

Pilate lets the crowd decide the fate of Jesus.
          “…Give us Barabbas!” (John 18:40)

Jesus is beaten.

Jesus is condemned by the people.
  “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” (John 19:15)

Jesus carries His cross to Golgotha.

Jesus is nailed to the cross and crucified between two thieves.

One thief is unrepentant.
          “Aren’t you the Messiah: Save yourself and us!” (Luke 23:39)

One thief asks for forgiveness.
          “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)

Jesus dies on the cross.
          “Surely this was a righteous man.” (Luke 23:47)

Jesus is pierced in the side with a spear.

The death of Jesus was essential for our salvation.

The innocent had to die for the guilty.

The perfect had to be sacrificed for the imperfect.

The powerful had to intervene for the powerless.

The rest of the story is what we celebrate on Easter but there would be nothing to celebrate if Jesus had not gone to the cross to be God’s sacrifice for us.

Jesus gave Himself for us. He laid down His life so that we could be reconciled with God. Jesus paid the price we could not pay and opened the door so that we could enter into the very presence of God.

When we confess our sins and accept that Jesus is our only hope for reconciliation with God, forgiveness is assured and peace and eternal life become ours. All because God so loved us that He sent His Son into the world to rescue us.

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