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Final Days of Jesus

And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee"...

Matthew 21:10-11

Starting on Sunday, April 5, we will provide daily Scripture readings and a daily summary article from Desiring God to remember and reflect on what went on during Jesus' final days before his crucifixion. We hope this helps you set the tone for the weight of Good Friday and ultimately, the joy of Easter!

Sunday - April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday

Scripture Readings

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

"Have You Found What You're Looking For?" Summary Article


Saturday - April 11, 2020

Scripture Readings

The chief priests and Pharisees place guards at the tomb with Pilate’s permission

Matt. 27:62–66

"Let His Blood Be on Us" Summary Article


Friday - April 10, 2020: Good Friday

Scripture Readings

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’ 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

"It Is Finished" Summary Article


Thursday - April 9, 2020

Scripture Readings

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

"The Greatest Prayer in the World" Summary Article


Wednesday - April 8, 2020

Scripture Readings

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

"Spy Wednesday" Summary Article


Tuesday - April 7, 2020

Scripture Readings

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

"The Escalating Conflict" Summary Article


Monday - April 6, 2020

Scripture Readings

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

"No Turning Back" Summary Article


Sunday - April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday

Scripture Readings

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

"The Problem with Palm Sunday" Summary Article