The Final Days of Jesus

Explore the Background and Significance of the History-shaping Events That Occurred Leading Up to Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection

In partnership with Crossway

Course Introduction

About the Course

Welcome to Holy Week. In this course, each day will include a video, Scripture reading, and reflection leading up to Easter Sunday. A concluding section will recap the week and give the learner time to consider other applications of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Additional Reading

Sunday (March 29, AD 33)

Scripture Guide

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1–11; Mark 11:1–10; Luke 19:29–44; John 12:12–19

Jesus Predicts His Death

John 12:20–36

Jesus Visits the Temple

Matthew 21:14–17; Mark 11:11

Related Video

Monday (March 30, AD 33)

Scripture Guide

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree

Matthew 21:18–19; Mark 11:12–14

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Matthew 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–18; Luke 19:45–48

Tuesday (March 31, AD 33)

Scripture Guide

The Lesson from the Fig Tree

Matthew 21:20–22; Mark 11:20–26

Jesus Teaches in the Temple

Matthew 21:23–23:39; Mark 11:27–12:44; Luke 20:1–21:4

Jesus Predicts the Future

Matthew 24–25; Mark 13:1–37; Luke 21:5–36

Wednesday (April 1, AD 33)

Scripture Guide

Jesus Continues His Daily Teaching in the Temple

Luke 21:37–38

The Sanhedrin Plots to Kill Jesus

Matthew 26:3–5; Mark 14:1–2; Luke 22:1–2

Thursday (April 2, AD 33)

Scripture Guide

Jesus Instructs His Disciples Peter and John to Secure a Room for Passover

Matthew 26:17–19; Mark 14:12–16; Luke 22:7–13

Jesus Eats the Passover Meal with the Twelve, Tells Them of the Coming Betrayal, and Institutes the Lord’s Supper

Matthew 26:20–29; Mark 14:17–23; Luke 22:14–30

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet, Interacts with Them, and Delivers the Upper Room Discourse

John 13:1–17:26

Jesus and the Disciples Sing a Hymn Together, Then Depart to the Mount of Olives

Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; Luke 22:39

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denials

Matthew 26:31–35; Mark 14:27–31; Luke 22:31–34

Jesus Issues Final Practical Commands about Supplies and Provisions

Luke 22:35–38

Jesus and the Disciples Go to Gethsemane

Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46

Friday (April 3, AD 33)

Scripture Guide

Jesus is Betrayed by Judas and Arrested

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

Jesus has an Informal Hearing before Annas

Matthew 26:57, 59–68; Mark 14:53, 55–65; Luke 22:63–71

Peter Denies Jesus and the Rooster Crows

Matthew 26:58, 69–75; Mark 14:54, 66–72; Luke 22:54–62; John 18:15–18, 25–27

Judas Returns the Silver and Hangs Himself

Matthew 27:3–10

Pilate Questions Jesus and Sends Him to Herod Antipas

Matthew 27:11–14; Mark 15:2–5; Luke 23:1–7; John 18:28–38

Herod Questions Jesus and Sends Him Back to Pilate

Luke 23:8–12

Jesus Appears before Pilate a Second Time and is Condemned to Die

Matthew 27:15–26; Mark 15:6–15; Luke 23:13–25; John 18:38–19:16

Jesus is Mocked and Marched to Golgotha

Matthew 27:27–34; Mark 15:16–23; Luke 23:26–49; John 19:17

Jesus is Crucified between Two Thieves

Matthew 27:35–44; Mark 15:24–32; Luke 23:33–43; John 19:18–27

Jesus Breathes His Last

Matthew 27:45–56; Mark 15:33–41; Luke 23:44–49; John 19:28–37

Joseph of Arimathea Buries Jesus in a New Tomb

Matthew 27:57–61; Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42

Saturday (April 4, AD 33)

Scripture Guide

The Chief Priests and Pharisees Place Guards at the Tomb

Matthew 27:62–66

Sunday (April 5, AD 33)

Scripture Guide

Some Women Discover the Empty Tomb

Matthew 28:1–7; Mark 16:1–7; Luke 24:1–7; John 20:1

The Women Leave the Garden and Tell the Disciples

Matthew 28:8–10; Luke 24:8–11; John 20:2

Peter and John Rush to the Tomb and Discover It Empty

Luke 24:12; John 20:3–10

Mary Returns to the Tomb and Encounters Jesus

John 20:11–18

Jesus Appears to Cleopas and a Friend on the Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13–35

That Evening Jesus Appears to the Eleven (minus Thomas) in a House in Jerusalem

Luke 24:36–43; John 20:19–23


Easter Changes Everything

What will you do with Easter? Will your life remain unchanged, or, like the disciples, will you move from apathy to faith and surrender? Take a moment to read and reflect on 1 Corinthians 15:1–28 as you prepare for a week after celebrating the resurrection of the Son of God.

Scripture Guide

Jesus Appears to the Eleven, Including Thomas

John 20:24–31

Jesus Appears to Some at the Sea of Galilee

John 21

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:16–20; Luke 24:45–49; John 20:21–23; Acts 1:8

The Ascension

Luke 24:50–53; Acts 1:9–11