Wednesday passes quietly—particularly when compared with the city-shaking events of Sunday (the triumphal entry), Monday (the cleansing of the temple), and Tuesday (temple controversies). Jesus continues his practice of entering the city early to teach the people in the temple complex (Luke 21:37–38). Meanwhile, the Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus (Matt. 26:3–5; Mark 14:1–2; Luke 22:1–2).

Historian Paul Maier and the late New Testament scholar Grant Osborne help us think through this day and what was going on.

For more information, see The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor with Alexander E. Stewart (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014).