“Puzzlement: Jesus’ Last Days,” New Era, Apr. 1994, 15
The final week of Jesus’ life was filled with important events. Review the Easter story in the four Gospels of the New Testament (Matt. 26–28; Mark 14–16; Luke 22–24; and John 18–20). In the space(s) next to each day, list in order the event(s) that occurred on that day.
Saturday: Day of Anointing ________
Sunday: Day of Popularity ________
Monday: Day of Authority ________
Tuesday: Day of Conflict ________
Wednesday: Day of Rest ________
Thursday: Day of Fellowship _______, ________, ________
Friday: Day of Suffering ________, ________, ________, ________, ________, ________, ________, ________, ________, ________, ________
Saturday: Day of Silence ________
Sunday: Day of Triumph ________
Darkness lasts from noon to 3:00 P.M.
At about sunrise, Jesus is officially condemned by Caiaphas and the Jewish Sanhedrin.
Jesus is anointed in Bethany by Mary.
Jesus is crowned with thorns and mocked.
Jesus curses the barren fig tree and cleanses the temple.
Guards are placed at the tomb.
Pilate sends Jesus to Herod.
Jesus partakes of the “Last Supper” with his Apostles.
Jesus’ side is pierced with a spear.
Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross to Calvary.
Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph.
Jesus probably spends a day of rest with his friends at Bethany.
Jesus is buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.
Jesus is taken to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, about 6:00 A.M.
Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus victoriously rises from the dead.
Soldiers part Jesus’ garments.
Jesus teaches in the temple and on the Mount of Olives.
Herod returns Jesus to Pilate, who releases Barabbas and delivers Jesus to be crucified.
Around midnight, Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, and Jesus is arrested by the chief priests, scribes, and elders.