Puzzlement: Jesus’ Last Days


You may know what happened, but do you know when?

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 ________

  1. 1.

    Darkness lasts from noon to 3:00 P.M.

  2. 2.

    At about sunrise, Jesus is officially condemned by Caiaphas and the Jewish Sanhedrin.

  3. 3.

    Jesus is anointed in Bethany by Mary.

  4. 4.

    Jesus dies.

  5. 5.

    Jesus is crowned with thorns and mocked.

  6. 6.

    Jesus curses the barren fig tree and cleanses the temple.

  7. 7.

    Guards are placed at the tomb.

  8. 8.

    Pilate sends Jesus to Herod.

  9. 9.

    Jesus partakes of the “Last Supper” with his Apostles.

  10. 10.

    Jesus’ side is pierced with a spear.

  11. 11.

    Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross to Calvary.

  12. 12.

    Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph.

  13. 13.

    Jesus probably spends a day of rest with his friends at Bethany.

  14. 14.

    Jesus is buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

  15. 15.

    Jesus is taken to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, about 6:00 A.M.

  16. 16.

    Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.

  17. 17.

    Jesus victoriously rises from the dead.

  18. 18.

    Soldiers part Jesus’ garments.

  19. 19.

    Jesus teaches in the temple and on the Mount of Olives.

  20. 20.

    Herod returns Jesus to Pilate, who releases Barabbas and delivers Jesus to be crucified.

  21. 21.

    Around midnight, Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, and Jesus is arrested by the chief priests, scribes, and elders.

Answers:

[illustration] Painting by Del Parson

Saturday: 3

Sunday: 12

Monday: 6

Tuesday: 19

Wednesday: 13

Thursday: 9, 16, 21

Friday: 2, 15, 8, 20, 5, 11, 18, 1, 4, 10, 14

Saturday: 7

Sunday: 17