The Day Jesus Died

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Saturday: Jesus arrives in Bethany

On Saturday, Jesus arrives in Bethany. With a plot set in motion to arrest and kill him, Jesus had been staying out of sight, in Ephraim, with his disciples. During an intimate dinner with his closest friends, Mary uses her most expensive perfume to anoint Jesus’ feet – an expression of worship. Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ disciples, loudly protests Mary’s act of service – foreshadowing his future betrayal toward Jesus. The next several days would mark history as the greatest story to ever unfold.


Luke 22:7-34

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

Sunday: The Triumphal Entry

On Sunday, amidst a large crowd, Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Riding on a young donkey into the city, he is greeted with people waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” People are drawn to Jesus – not only the Jews, but even Greeks seek him out, wanting to know more about the Son of Man. Despite tangible signs and wonders, still many struggle with their unbelief that Jesus is the Messiah. And this breaks Jesus heart, for he knows what is coming.


John 12:12-13

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”


John 12:20-26

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.


Luke 19:41

And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”


Luke 21:5-9

And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”


Luke 21:20-24

“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Monday: Cleansing the Temple

On his way back to Jerusalem, Jesus becomes hungry and stops at a fig tree. He finds it bare, with nothing but leaves and curses it, causing it to wither and die. The disciples marvel at this and Jesus explains that with faith, they can do the same. With faith, even the mountains will move.

Jesus visits the temple, only to find the people defiling it. In righteous anger, he overturns the tables of the moneychangers and rebukes them for turning a “house of prayer” into a “den of thieves.”

The blind and lame find Jesus in the temple and he heals them, much to the disapproval of the chief priests and scribes. After this, Jesus returns to Bethany.


Matthew 21:18-19, 21-22

In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once. And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”


Mark 11:15

And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. And when evening came they went out of the city.


Matthew 21:14-16

And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?”

Tuesday: Olivet Discourse

While in Jerusalem, there are more temple controversies. The chief priests and elders challenge Jesus’ authority, confronting him in the middle of his teaching. He responds to them with a question of his own and after much discussion, they are unable to answer. On his way back to Bethany, Jesus delivers the Olivet Discourse – a warning to his followers of the destruction of the temple and future persecution.


Matthew 21:23-28

And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.


Luke 21:5-9

And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”


Luke 21:20-24

“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Wednesday: Teaching at the Temple

In the early morning, the people come to the temple to hear Jesus teach. He warns them not to be weighed down by the cares of this life but to be continually in prayer for strength. Meanwhile, the Sanhedrin, are steadfast in their plot to kill Jesus.


Luke 21:34-38

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.


Matthew 26:3-5

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

Thursday: The Last Supper and Gethsemane

On Thursday evening, in an upper room in Jerusalem, Jesus and his twelve disciples eat the Passover meal. With Judas on his left and John on his right, Jesus and his disciples read scripture and sing Psalms. Jesus institutes the Last Supper and indicates that Judas will betray him. He washes his disciples’ feet, in a tremendous display of his love. He then delivers his Upper Room Discourse, teaching his disciples how to pray. Jesus predicts that Peter will betray him, though Peter denies this. After singing a hymn, they head to the Mount of Olives.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prays in anguished submission to his Father. Sometime after midnight, Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss. A band of soldiers and officers of the Jews arrest Jesus. With his sword, Peter cuts of the ear of one of the soldiers, but Jesus heals his ear and the disciples flee.


Matthew 26:23

He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.


John 13:12-15, 20

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”


Matthew 26:39, 47-52

“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. “

Friday: Jesus is crucified

Jesus is bound and sent to stand before Caiaphus, where he is mocked and beaten. They render him guilty of blasphemy and send him to stand trial before Pontius Pilate. He learns Jesus is a Galilean and sends him to Herod. There, Jesus is questioned and accused, but does not answer. The chief priests become angry and send Jesus back to Pilate. The people demand Pilate crucify Jesus and free the prisoner Barabbas instead and he concedes. Jesus is whipped, causing gaping wounds in his flesh and muscles. They strip and mock him, replacing his clothing with a scarlet robe and crown of thorns.

Jesus is led to the hill of Golgotha where his hands and feet are nailed to a cross. He is crucified. To ensure his death, a soldier pierces his side with a spear. Blood and water flow. Darkness covers the earth as Jesus takes his final breath. An earthquake opens up the ground and the curtain in Herod’s Temple is torn in two. That evening, Joseph and Nicodemus bury Jesus in a rock tomb near Golgotha.


Matthew 27:1-2, 20-23, 45-46, 50-51, 59-60

Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.

And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.

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"This is Jesus whom you have crucified" - Acts 2:36