April 06, 2009

What were the events in Holy Week and where are these in the bible?

I will be out of town Tue/Wed/Thur. Have a nice week, everyone.
Phyllis Adelle

What were the events in holy week and where are these in the bible?

The week leading up to Jesus' crucifixion is called Holy Week. It begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Monday. The biblical references below are taken from Matthew, you can cross check these in the other synoptic gospels of Luke and Mark and also in the gospel of John.

Traditionally (and biblically) the following events happened on these days.

Palm Sunday: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (Matthew 21:7) with his disciples and the crowds welcomed him shouting 'Hosanna'. Clearing of the temple (Matthew 21:12-17) and general healing miracles.

Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Withering of the fig tree (Matthew 21:18-22), Jesus teaches in the city - many parables. The authorities are afraid of his teachings and conspire to arrest him.

Maundy Thursday: Jesus meets with his disciples in an upper room. Where they celebrate the last supper (Matthew 26:20ff). Jesus prays in the garden. Judas betrays Jesus. Jesus taken to Ciaphas the high priest. Peter denies knowing Jesus.

Good Friday: (Matthew 27:1ff) Jesus is delivered to Pilate (27:2). Judas hangs himself. Barabbas is released by the crowd and Jesus is condemned to be crucified. Jesus walks through the city to the place of the skull (Golgotha). He is crucified (Matthew 27:33-51). Jesus is taken down from the cross and placed in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea (27:57)

Easter Sunday: Mary and Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to find it empty and they meet with the Risen Jesus (28:1-10)

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