Day 1: Holy Sunday
- This holy day is called Palm Sunday.
- It was the day that our Lord Jesus Christ made a triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem (see Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19).
- He foresees destruction and weeps over the city of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44).
- After entering into Jerusalem and into the Temple briefly, He returned to Bethany and spends the night there with His disciples (see Matthew 21:17; Mark 11:11).
Day 2: Holy Monday
- Jesus leaves Bethany with His disciples in the morning of this day (see Matthew 21:18; Mark 11:11).
- He curses a barren fig tree on their way to the city of Jerusalem (see Matthew 21:19; Mark 11:12-14).
- He cleanses the Temple in Jerusalem for the second time in His ministry (Matthew 21:12-16; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48; cf. John 2:13-25).
- Some Greek proselytes, who went up to worship at the feast in Jerusalem requested to see Jesus (John 12:20-26).
- Jesus predicts His crucifixion—the necessity of the Son of Man to be lifted up (see John 12:27-36).
- Jesus was rejected by some Jews—they did not believe in Him (John 12:37-43).
- He made a final public appeal to the unbelieving multitude—the summary of His mission (see John 12:44-50).
- He left the city of Jerusalem in the evening and returned to Bethany with His disciples for the night (see Matthew 21:17; Mark 11:19).
Day 3: Holy Tuesday
- Jesus leaves Bethany in the morning with His disciples to the city of Jerusalem.
- On their way to the city, they found the cursed barren fig tree withered. He used the incident of the withered barren fig tree to teach about the importance of faith in prayer (see Matthew 21:20-22; Mark 11:20-26).
- Jesus’ authority was challenged by the Jewish council or the Sanhedrin—comprising of the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders (Matthew 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8).
- Instead of answering their tricky question about the source of His authority, the Lord Jesus told them three parables—depicting Israel’s rejection of Him, and its consequences: the parable of the two sons (see Matthew 21:28-32); the parable of the wicked husbandmen or vinedressers (Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19); and the parable of the wedding or marriage feast of the king’s son (Matthew 22:1-14).
- The Lord Jesus was questioned by three Jewish parties trying to discredit or trap Him. First, the Pharisees ganged up with the Herodians to ask Him about the tribute money to Rome—that is, the payment of taxes to Caesar (Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26). Second, the Sadducees, who don’t believe in resurrection, asked Him about the resurrection (see Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40). Third, a Scribe of the Pharisees asked the Lord Jesus about the Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34).
- After answering the three questions posed by the Jewish religious leaders and groups, Jesus now turned to the Pharisees with a question about identity of the Messiah (Christ) as both David’s Son and David’s Lord (see Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44).
- Jesus turned His attention to the crowds and to His disciples, as He spoke and warned them about the religious leaders whose ambition, pride, and hypocrisy made them far from the type of followers God desires. First, He denounced the Scribes and the Pharisees for their evil deeds, condemning their self-righteousness (Matthew 23:1-12; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47). Second, He denounced the Scribes and the Pharisees with a series of woes (see Matthew 23:13-36)—false religion condemned (Matthew 23:13-15); legalism condemned (Matthew 23:16-22); injustice condemned (Matthew 23:23-24); hypocrisy condemned (Matthew 23:25-28); persecution condemned (Matthew 23:29-36).
- He lamented over the stubbornness of Jerusalem’s religious leadership and held out hope only if the leaders acknowledged God’s Messiah (Christ) in an attitude of repentance (see Matthew 23:37-39).
- Following the series of denunciations against nominal religion, the Lord Jesus now presented an example of genuine religion—“the widow’s mite” or “the widow’s offering” (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4).
- The Lord Jesus departed the Temple with His disciples and went to the location of the Mount of Olives, where He gave a discourse on future events on earth known by many as “The Olivet Discourse” or “The Little Apocalypse.” These were prophecies about the destruction of the Temple and the return of Christ (see Matthew 24-25; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36).
- When the Lord Jesus had finished all these sayings, He informed His disciples that His death or crucifixion was only two days away after Passover (see Matthew 26:1-2). He also told His disciples that the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people had assembled in the palace of the high priest, Caiaphas, plotting to arrest Him (Jesus) by trickery and kill Him (see Matthew 26:3-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2). He finally left the location of the Mount of Olives and went back to Bethany with His disciples (Matthew 26:6).
Day 4: Holy Wednesday
- Most people call this day “A Day of Silence.”
- Some call it “A Day of Anticipation.”
- The Bible does not really say or specify what the Lord Jesus did on this day.
- The Lord Jesus probably remained in Bethany this day with His disciples—resting, praying, and preparing for the Last Supper that will take place the next day.
- It probably was this day that Jesus had a feast at the house of Simon the leper and was again anointed by Mary (see Matthew 26:6-13).
- It probably was the day that Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, and the Jewish authorities also prepared and finalized the plans and terms of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest. Scripture tells us that Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and the officers of the Temple guard and made arrangements with them on how he might betray Jesus. He collected thirty pieces of silver from them and from that time he sought for a good opportunity to betray Jesus (see Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10, 11; Luke 22:3-6).
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