The Passion Week

The last week before Jesus' resurrection is known as the passion week. Matthew, Mark, and Luke give 40% of their Gospels and John gives 50% to this story. We start with the raising of Lazarus because this is what instigated the wrath of the high priest. He put a price on Jesus' head. Jesus had to leave town until Passover. His return to the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus starts the passion week events.

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Raising of Lazarus
Read John 11

Mary Anointed Jesus
Read John 12: 1-8

Washing of Disciples' Feet
Read John 13:1-20

Parable - The Vine and the Branches
Read John 15: 1-6

He is Risen!
Read John 20:1-10; Luke 24:1-8

Thomas Believes
Read John 20:24-31

Morning Meal
Read John 21:1-14

Walk to Emmaus
Read Luke 24:13-32

Jesus Ascends
Read Mark 16:15-19, Luke 24:50-53

Jesus' Triumphal Entry
Read Matt 21: 1-11; Mark 11: 1-11; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19

The Great Commandment
Read Matt 22: 35-40

Ten Virgins
Read Matt 25:1-13

The Talents
Read Matt 25:14-30

Last Supper
Read Matt 26:17-36; Mark 14:12-31; Luke 22:7-38; John 13-17

Garden of Gethsemane
Read Matt 26:36-46; Mark 14:26, 32-42; Luke 22:39-46

Jesus' Arrest
Read Matt 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53

Jesus' Trials
Read Matt 26:57-75; 27:1,2; 11-31

Judas Betrayal and Peter's Denial
Read Matt 26:69-74; Mark 14: 66-72; Luke 22:54-65

Jesus is Crucified
Read Matt 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23: 26-49; John 19:17-37

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Holy Land Tours

  • Galilee - Jesus calms the storm, Jesus walks on the water, story of the morning meal after Jesus' resurrection
  • The Passion Week - The story of Jesus' crucifixion and his resurrection

Adult and Teen Resources

Articles — Everyday Living

  • Easter Redemption - What God gives you is yours and cannot be taken away. God redeems us as certainly as Jesus resurrected.

Parenting — Everyday Living

  • Acting Up is OK! - Acting out the roles of different Bible characters associated with the week leading up to Easter is a wonderful way to help children learn the deeper lessons of Holy Week. Have fun acting up!
  • Father, Forgive Them - Jesus' final words on the cross expressed healing power of Love and set the standard for all of us.
  • Forgive From the Outset - Let's think about Christ in relation to parenting. Jesus' words remind us to be (and that we can be) compassionate and non-judgmental in our interactions with our children.
  • Hatred vs. Humility - Hatred played a major role in the days leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. But, humility had the larger part: Jesus' example is for us all to prove daily.
  • Moving Forward with New Perspective - Focusing on God brings a comforting perspective of God's tender care for us in all situations.
  • Words of Wisdom - Teaching our children the meaning and significance of religious terms is essential. Words have power, and misunderstanding can lead to confusion and fear that should be clarity, peace and confidence.

Book Reviews — Everyday Living

  • The Last Week by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan - Bible scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan tackle the ambiguities and discrepancies of the resurrection story found in the four Gospels. Read "The Last Week" and learn the symbolism and important structural elements in Jesus' famous final days.
  • The Quest for Mary Magdalene - "Who is Mary Magdalene? Historian and writer Michael Haag is on a quest to find out by tracing her story through the centuries. "The Quest for Mary Magdalene" is a tour de force!

Bible Characters — Bible Study

  • The Passion Week - The Passion Week - Chronology of Events. Each event is listed in the appropriate Gospel, so you can go back and refresh yourself with the story.

Questions and Answers — Bible Study

  • Jesus' Appearance to Mary - In the verse from John 20:17, after his resurrection, Jesus tells Mary, "Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father." I always wondered what that meant.
  • Jesus' Ministry - When Did Jesus First Know He Had a Special Mission?
  • Jesus' Trial - Why was Jesus brought before Annas who was an ex-high priest with no authority?
  • Judas' Betrayal - Was Judas really a traitor and betrayer of Jesus?
  • Pilate and the Jews - Why did Pilate cave in to the Jews demand to crucify Jesus when he couldn't find anything wrong with him?
  • A Question about the Napkin Placed on Jesus Face - Several readers have asked whether the following story is true. "The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.
  • Similarities between Abraham and Isaac and Jesus and God - Do you see a tie in between Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac and God/Jesus?
  • Vinegar on the Cross - The Bible says when Jesus was on the cross he refused the wine, so why did he later drink the vinegar?
  • Way to the Father - Jesus is hours from the cross when his disciples tell him they don't know the way to the Father or who the Father is. (John 14:2-8) How can the disciples be so unprepared?
  • What Day Was Jesus Crucified? - Isn't there a possibility that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday or Thursday and not Friday?

Books of the Bible — Bible Study