Holy Week Events in Scripture

Jesus said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things" (Luke 24:46-48).

Palm Sunday

  1. Jesus enters Jerusalem in victorious celebration. This fulfills Zechariah 9:9.
  2. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem.
(Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19)


  1. Jesus clears the Temple of corrupt money changers.
  2. Jesus curses a fig tree because it had failed to bear fruit.
(Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48, and John 12:13-17)


  1. Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives.
  2. Jesus explains the withered fig tree on their way with the disciples back to Jerusalem.
  3. Jesus evades traps of religious leaders and pronounces harsh judgment on them (Matthew 23:24-33).
  4. Jesus gives an elaborate prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the age.
  5. Judas Iscariot negotiates with the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus.
(Matthew 21:23-24:51, Mark 11:20-13:37, Luke 20:1-21:36, and John 12:20-38)


  1. Jesus rests in Bethany in preparation for the Passover Feast.


  1. Jesus washes the feet of His disciples.
  2. Jesus shares the Passover Feast with His disciples (Luke 22:15-16).
  3. Jesus initiates the Lord's Supper/Communion (Luke 22:19-20).
  4. Jesus and His disciples leave the Upper Room and go to the Garden of Gethsemane where He prays and where He is arrested.
  5. Jesus is betrayed by Judas. Jesus is arrested and tried throughout the night.
  6. Jesus is denied by Peter.
(Matthew 26:17-75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-62, and John 13:1-38)


  1. Before the third hour (9 a.m.), Jesus endured the shame of false accusations, condemnation, mockery, beatings, and abandonment. .
  2. After multiple unlawful trials, He was sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible and disgraceful methods of capital punishment known at the time.
  3. Before Christ was led away, soldiers spit on Him, tormented and mocked Him, and pierced Him with a crown of thorns.
  4. Jesus carried His own cross to Calvary where, again, He was mocked and insulted as Roman soldiers nailed Him to a wooden cross.
  5. Jesus spoke seven final statements from the cross.
    • "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34).
    • "Today, you will be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).
    • "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" (Luke 23:46).
    • “Woman, behold your son; son, behold your mother” (John 19:26-27).
    • “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34).
    • “I thirst” (John 19:28).
    • “It is finished” (John 19:30).
  6. Then, about the ninth hour (3 p.m.), Jesus breathed His last breath and died.
  7. Jesus is buried in an unused tomb before the beginning of the Sabbath.
  8. (Matthew 27:1-62, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 22:63-23:56, John 18:28-19:37).

    Easter Sunday

    1. Jesus is resurrected from the dead.
    2. The stone covering the tomb was rolled away; an angel announced His resurrection to women who came to anoint His body for burial.
    3. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene and to the disciples who were in hiding.
    4. Jesus walks with two disciples on their way to Emmaus.
    5. The two disciples returned and reported, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!"
    6. Jesus appears to His disciples and says, “Peace to you. Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself” (Luke 24:36, 38-39).
    (Matthew 28:1-13, Mark 16:1-14, Luke 24: 1-49, John 20:1-23)