Final Week of Christ
On the final week of Jesus' life, he spent time in Jerusalem, Bethany, and the Mount of Olives. Jesus knew he would die in Jerusalem (Luke 18:31-33). A suggested timeline is below.
Timeline of Jesus' Last Week
|Fri. or Sat.||Mary anointed Jesus in Bethany. Many came to see Jesus and Lazarus (John 12:9-11).|
|Sunday||Triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday).|
|Monday||Jesus cleansed the temple. (Day per Mark 11:11-15)|
|Tuesday||Mt. Olivet discourse about fall of Jerusalem.|
|Thursday||Passover. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. That night He was arrested and appeared before Annas and Caiaphas (John 18:12-14, 24).|
|Friday||Jesus appeared before the Roman officials 3 times. At 9:00 a.m. Jesus was crucified. From 12:00 to 3:00 darkness covered the land. At 3:00 p.m. Jesus died.|
Prophecy of Jerusalem's Fall
Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem nearly 40 years before the Romans besieged the city (Luke 19:43-44). He advised listeners to leave Jerusalem when they saw signs that it would be destroyed (Matthew 24:15-22, Luke 21:20-24).
The Romans destroyed Jerusalem in A.D. 70, following a three-year campaign. While Jerusalem was under siege, a Roman general named Cestius Gallus unexpectedly recalled his soldiers in A.D. 68, enabling those familiar with Christ’s prophecy to flee.
When Jerusalem was captured, Titus leveled the temple, and the city. Josephus wrote that Jerusalem was "demolished to the very foundations", as Jesus had predicted (Luke 21:6).
Luke 19 Outline
Jesus saves Zaccheus
Parable of 10 Minas
Jesus enters Jerusalem
Two disciples sent to get donkey
Triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Jesus weeps for Jerusalem
Jesus in the Temple
Jesus drives traders out of the temple
Jesus teaches in the temple