Major Events Of Passion Week



Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:29-40, John 12:12-19


Jesus clears the temple

Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19: 45-46


Jesus’ authority challenged in the temple

Matthew 21:23-27, Mark 11:27-33, Luke 20:1-8

Jesus teaches in stories and confronts the Jewish leaders

Matthew 21:28-23:36, Mark 12:1-40, Luke 20:9-47

Greeks ask to see Jesus

John 12:20-26

The Olivet Discourse

Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21:5-38

Judas agrees to betray Jesus

Matthew 26: 14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6


The Bible does not say what Jesus did on this day.  He probably remained in Bethany with his disciples


The Last Supper

Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20

Jesus speaks to the disciples in the upper room

      John 13-17

Jesus struggles at Gethsemane

Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39-46, John 18:1

Jesus is betrayed and arrested

Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12


Jesus is tried by Jewish and Roman authorities and denied by Peter

Matthew 26:57-27:2,11-31, Mark 14:53-15:20, Luke 22:54-23:25, John 18:13-19:16

Jesus is crucified

Matthew 27:31-56, Mark 15:20-41, Luke 23:26-49, John 19:17-30


The Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18

Beware the Leaven-Mar. 28, 2012

Beware the Leaven-March 28, 2012

Mark 8:11-13

In one way the demand for a sign ignores the great miracle work of the feeding of the four thousand, and in another way it implies that Jesus’ authority in preaching the kingdom was not enough proof either.  Thirdly a sign was given at the baptism of Jesus.  Their traditions have blinded them from the word of God.  Have ours perhaps done the same?  Can you think of some ways this may be true today?

Unless people recognize that God is present, speaking, and acting in Jesus, no form of testimony will persuade them to follow him.  No amount of explanation or evidence can provide that initial evidence of faith.  Although Jesus’ refusal seems harsh, it acknowledges the reality of human freedom.  Faith remains a mysterious gift of responding to God’s Word.

Mark 8:14-21

The Pharisees and Herod are enemies of Jesus.   As a metaphor, leaven or yeast frequently carries negative overtones, since it was thought to work by creating decay in the dough.  Although not specific to the Pharisees it seems to speak of the influence of the Pharisees.  The metaphor follows the story of the provision of bread for 4000 people.  In a later time also the infection of others as Jesus compares his body to the bread.

An interesting thought is Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples is not about forgetting food but about the condition of their hearts.  It is about their lack of understanding, and either originated with the disciples, or they have been or are in danger of being corrupted by the decay of Jesus’ opponents, or did they not understand because they did not have the context of the cross and the resurrection.

The crowds treat Jesus’ healings and exorcisms as evidence of his authority.  He is the shepherd who the sheep need.  His family thinks that Jesus may have gone insane.  His opponents feel that he uses satanic powers.  Jesus cannot be a religious teacher, since he shows disregard for training his disciples in piety and careful interpretation of the Law.  How did these things affect Jesus’ disciples?  Christians understand from the passion story:  One disciple betrays Jesus, another denies him, and the rest flee.

What are some examples of leaven that could cause us to become deaf to the gospel?

New Interpreters Bible, Vol. VII, and personal thoughts

The Resurrection Community

In the month of April we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We take time to look at the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his death on the cross, and then at first light, the resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter morning.  It seems that many times we focus on the cross and sacrifice of Jesus throughout the year but not so much the resurrection.  The reality of that moment changed human history from that point forward.  Death did not have the final say, and life could be lived with assurance that these days were not all that there was to life.

Understanding the resurrection and allowing the reality of it to sink into our personal and congregational lives are two different things.  This event should be transformative to our living.  Jesus was God born in the flesh, lived as an innocent man, yet suffered and died as a criminal for our sins, but the victory is in the empty tomb.  If the cross was the end what a bleak picture, but the victory over death at the empty tomb should give us courage to live daily for Christ, knowing there is nothing in this world that can separate us from his love.

In the weeks leading up to Easter, we acknowledge the season of Lent, a time of preparation for the crucifixion of Christ.  Often times this build up includes special services, music, dramas, and the focus is on his sacrifice and resurrection, as it should be.  However, during the appearances of Christ after the resurrection and before he ascended, he both confirmed his resurrection to those whom he appeared and gave them instruction for the days ahead.

The instructions included feeding sheep, tending lambs, making disciples, baptizing, teaching, obeying, and to be comforted by the promise of his presence.  The promise of his presence has been confirmed in the resurrection, that not even death could separate them or us from Christ.  This is the victorious life of the resurrection.  One another occasion they are instructed to remain together, until the gift of the Holy Spirit comes to them, in the Spirit there is power.  The authority or power is to be his witnesses not just of the death of Christ but his resurrection as well from the local places to the ends of the earth.

It is my prayer that churches all over the world Easter Sunday will see themselves as part of the resurrection community.  As part of the resurrection community we will seek to follow the instructions of Jesus, and live out our lives in faith and community together, witnessing to the resurrected Christ who changes hearts and lives.  The resurrection of Christ is not just an event to be celebrated but a continuing reality through which we live.  May we be faithful to live out the resurrection of Christ together, as his witnesses in the world today.