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Holy Week Devotions

The Passion of our King

Today is Palm Sunday and this post is designed to guide us through scripture to help you each day this week to meditate on the events of Holy Week in order to prepare our hearts for Easter.  Please consider reviewing these scriptures during your daily devotions this week.

Additionally, you may want to download a free Holy Week devotional guide from Desiring God here- Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy

 

Scripture Guide for Holy Week:

 

Palm Sunday

  • 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

 

Monday

  • 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

  • The lesson from the fig tree
    • Matthew 21:20-22; Mark 11:20-26
  • Jesus teaches and engages in controversies 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

  • Jesus continues his daily teaching in the temple complex
    • Luke 21:37-38
  • The Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus
    • Matthew 26:3-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2

 

Thursday (Maundy Thursday)

  • Jesus instructs his disciples Peter and John to secure a large upper room in a home in Jerusalem and to prepare for the passover meal
    • Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13
  • In the evening 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
  • During supper 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 where he struggles in prayer and they struggle to stay awake late into the night
    • Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46

 

Good Friday

  • Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested by the authorities (perhaps after midnight, early Friday morning)
    • Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-12
  • Jesus has an informal hearing before Annas (former high priest and Caiaphas’ Father-in-law)
    • Matthew 26:57, 59-68; Mark 14:53, 55-65; Luke 22:63-71
  • As predicted, Peter denies Jesus and the rooster crows
    • Matthew 26:58, 69-75; Mark 14:54, 66-72; Luke 22:54b-62; John 18:15-18, 25-27
  • After Sunrise on Friday the final consultation of the full Sanhedrin condemns Jesus to death and sends him to Pontius Pilate
    • Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1
  • Judas changes his mind, 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 18:38b-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

  • The chief priests and Pharisees place guards at the tomb with Pilate’s permission
    • Matthew 27:62-66

 

Resurrection Sunday

  • Some women discover the empty tomb and are instructed by angels
    • Matthew 28:1-7; Mark 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-7; John 20:1
  • The women, fearful and joyful, 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 based upon Mary Magdelene’s report 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

 

The descriptions are thanks to a new book tilted The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived, by Andreas J. Kostenberger and Justin Taylor.  Published by Crossway in Wheaton Illinois in 2014.