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Readings for Holy Week

excerted from Andreas J. Köstenberger, Justin Taylor, and Alexander Stewart, The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014), 23–26.


SCRIPTURE GUIDE TO THE EVENTS OF HOLY WEEK Sunday Jesus enters Jerusalem- Matt. 21:1–11; Mark 11:1–10; Luke 19:29–44; John 12:12–19 Jesus predicts his death - John 12:20–36 Jesus visits the temple - Matt. 21:14–17; Mark 11:11

Monday Jesus curses a fig tree - Matt. 21:18–19; Mark 11:12–14 Jesus cleanses the temple - Matt. 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–18; Luke 19:45–48

Tuesday The lesson from the fig tree - Matt. 21:20–22; Mark 11:20–26 Jesus teaches and engages in controversies in the temple - Matt. 21:23–23:39; Mark 11:27–12:44; Luke 20:1–21:4 Jesus predicts the future - Matt. 24–25; Mark 13:1–37; Luke 21:5–36

Wednesday Jesus continues his daily teaching in the temple complex - Luke 21:37–38 The Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus - Matt. 26:3–5; Mark 14:1–2; Luke 22:1–2

Thursday Jesus instructs his disciples Peter and John to secure a large upper room in a house in Jerusalem and to prepare for the Passover meal - Matt. 26:17–19; Mark 14:12–16; Luke 22:7–13 In the evening Jesus eats the Passover meal with the Twelve, tells them of the coming betrayal, and institutes the Lord’s Supper - Matt. 26:20–29; Mark 14:17–23; Luke 22:14–30 During supper Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, interacts with them, and delivers the Upper Room Discourse (Farewell Discourse) - John 13:1–17:26 Jesus and the disciples sing a hymn together, then depart to the Mount of Olives - Matt. 26:30; Mark 14:26; Luke 22:39 Jesus predicts Peter’s denials - Matt. 26:31–35; Mark 14:27–31; Luke 22:31–34 Jesus issues final practical commands about supplies and provisions - Luke 22:35–38 Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane, where he struggles in prayer and they struggle to stay awake late into the night - Matt. 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46

Friday Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested by the authorities (perhaps after midnight, early Friday morning) - Matt. 26:47–56; Mark 14:43–52; Luke 22:47–53; John 18:2–12 Jesus has an informal hearing before Annas (former high priest and Caiaphas’s father-in-law) - Matt. 26:57, 59–68; Mark 14:53, 55–65; Luke 22:63–71 As predicted, Peter denies Jesus and the rooster crows - Matt. 26:58, 69–75; Mark 14:54, 66–72; Luke 22:54b–62; John 18:15–18, 25–27 After sunrise on Friday the final consultation of the full Sanhedrin condemns Jesus to death and sends him to Pontius Pilate - Matt. 27:1–2; Mark 15:1 Judas changes his mind, returns the silver, and hangs himself - Matt. 27:3–10 Pilate questions Jesus and sends him to Herod Antipas - Matt. 27:11–14; Mark 15:2–5; Luke 23:1–7; John 18:28–38 Herod questions Jesus and sends him back to Pilate - Luke 23:8–12 Jesus appears before Pilate a second time and is condemned to die - Matt. 27:15–26; Mark 15:6–15; Luke 23:13–25; John 18:38b–19:16 Jesus is mocked and marched to Golgotha - Matt. 27:27–34; Mark 15:16–23; Luke 23:26–49; John 19:17 Jesus is crucified between two thieves - Matt. 27:35–44; Mark 15:24–32; Luke 23:33–43; John 19:18–27 Jesus breathes his last - Matt. 27:45–56; Mark 15:33–41; Luke 23:44–49; John 19:28–37 Joseph of Arimathea buries Jesus in a new tomb - Matt. 27:57–61; Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42

Saturday The chief priests and Pharisees place guards at the tomb with Pilate’s permission - Matt. 27:62–66

Sunday Some women discover the empty tomb and are instructed by angels - Matt. 28:1–7; Mark 16:1–7; Luke 24:1–7; John 20:1 The women, fearful and joyful, leave the garden and tell the disciples - Matt. 28:8–10; Luke 24:8–11; John 20:2 Peter and John rush to the tomb based upon Mary Magdalene’s report and discover it empty - Luke 24:12; John 20:3–10 Mary returns to the tomb and encounters Jesus - John 20:11–18 Jesus appears to Cleopas and a friend on the road to Emmaus - Luke 24:13–35 That evening Jesus appears to the Eleven (minus Thomas) in a house in Jerusalem - Luke 24:36–43; John 20:19–23

Later Appearances of Jesus and the Ascension Jesus appears to the Eleven (including Thomas) - John 20:24–31 Jesus appears to some at the Sea of Galilee - John 21 The Great Commission - Matt. 28:16–20 (see also Luke 24:45–49; John 20:21–23; Acts 1:8) The ascension - Luke 24:50–53; Acts 1:9–11

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