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Jesus’ Last Week

Sunday was Palm Sunday and I encouraged our church to reflect on Jesus’ last week as we approach Resurrection Sunday.  I provided them a handout that harmonized the gospel accounts and explained what Jesus did each day.  I challenged them to read each day during Passion Week what Jesus did for their daily Bible reading.  Below is the outline.



  • Mary anoints Jesus (John 12:2-8; cf., Matt 26:6-13)


  • Jesus enters Jerusalem (Matt 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; John 12:12-18)
  • Jesus surveys temple area and returns to Bethany (Mark 11:11)


  • Jesus cleanses the temple (Matt 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-17)
  • Jesus curses the fig-tree  (21:18-22; cf., Mark 11:12-14)
  • Jesus teaches and performs miracles in temple (Matt 21:14-16; Mark 11:18)
  • Jesus returns to Bethany (Mark 11:19)


  • Disciples ask about fig-tree cursing (Matt 21:20-22; Mark11:20-21)
  • Jesus confronts religious leaders and nation (Matt 21:23-23:39; Mark 11:27-12:44)
  • Jesus gives Olivet Discourse and returns to Bethany (Matt 24:1-25:46; Mark 13:1-37)


  • Very little recorded in the gospels.  Jesus remains with disciples in Bethany.  Judas arranges betrayal of Jesus (Matt 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11)


  • Preparations for Passover (Matt 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16)
  • Passover and Last Supper (Matt 26:20-35; Mark 14:17-26)
  • Jesus gives final words to disciples (John 13-17)
  • Jesus goes to Garden of Gethsemane to pray (Matt 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42)

Friday (after midnight)

  • Jesus is betrayed and arrested (Matt 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52).
  • Jesus is on trial with Jews (John 18:13-24; Matt 26:57-75, 27:1-2; Mark 14:53-65, 15:1)
  • Jesus is on trial with Romans (Matt 27:2-26; Mark 15:2-15; Luke 23:6-12).
  • Jesus is crucified (between 9am – 3pm; Matt 27:27-66; Mark 15:16-39)


  • Jesus is in the tomb

Sunday (He is Risen!)

  • Disciples and women attest to the resurrection (Matt 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12)
  • Jesus appears to disciples (Matt 28:9-20; Luke 24:13-53; John 20-21)
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