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What happened during the last week of Christís life?


Some of the events may surprise some readers.


Letís look at what the scriptures say.


Previously to where we start our account, Jesus had been in Bethany, and raised Lazarus from the dead.  When this happened some of the Jews reported this miracle to the Pharisees.  The Pharisees had great concerns for the nation and thought Jesus would turn the whole nation towards Him, and so sought to kill Him.


Joh 11:18  Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.

Joh 11:19  And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.


Jesus performed a miracle and raised Lazarus from the dead.


Joh 11:43  Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"


Many of the Jews believed on Him, but some went to the Pharisees.  Here we see the start of the conspiracy which led to the death of Jesus. 


Joh 11:45  Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.

Joh 11:46  But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.


With this latest information regarding the miracles of Jesus, the Pharisees and the chief priests feared the whole nation would turn to Him and the Romans would take over.


Joh 11:47  Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, "What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.

Joh 11:48  If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation."

Joh 11:49  And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all,


From that moment on, they plotted to put Jesus to death.


Joh 11:50  nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish."

Joh 11:51  Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,

Joh 11:52  and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.

Joh 11:53  Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.


Because of the evil plans to kill Him, Christ went into the wilderness to a place called Ephraim.  This may well be around the area of the Valley of Achor.


Joh 11:54  Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.

6 days before Christís death. {Thursday]


Christ came to Bethany.


Joh 12:1  Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.

Joh 12:2  There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.


Christ is anointed by Mary.


Joh 12:3  Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.


Judas showed his true colours, he wasnít concerned for the anointing of Christ.


Joh 12:4  But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said,

Joh 12:5  "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"

Joh 12:6  This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.


Mary anointed Christ for His burial {this anointing for burial was done again by a woman at the house of Simon the leper, 2 days before His death.} 


Joh 12:7  But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.

Joh 12:8  For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always."

Joh 12:9  Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.

Joh 12:10  But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also,

Joh 12:11  because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.


5 Days before Christís Death


Joh 12:12  The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

Joh 12:13  took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! 'BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!' The King of Israel!"


Christ rides the ass from Bethphage.


Mat 21:1  Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,

Mat 21:2  saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.


A great amount of people waited for Christ to pass on the ass.


Mat 21:3  And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

Mat 21:4  All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:


Mat 21:6  So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.

Mat 21:7  They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

Mat 21:8  And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

Mat 21:9  Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!"


Notice that the disciples did not understand at first, but later they did.


Joh 12:14  Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:


Joh 12:16  His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.

Joh 12:17  Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.

Joh 12:18  For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.

Joh 12:19  The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, "You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!"


The disciples praised Him.


Luk 19:37  Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,

Luk 19:38  saying: " 'BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

Luk 19:39  And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."

Luk 19:40  But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."

Luk 19:41  Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,

Luk 19:42  saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

Luk 19:43  For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,

Luk 19:44  and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation."


Notice the people knew who He was.


Mat 21:10  And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?"

Mat 21:11  So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."

4 Days before Christís Death


In this next verse it is doubtful that He stayed with Lazarus Mary and Martha, because the Pharisees had threatened to kill Lazarus, and also if Christ had stayed there, the ladies would have certainly given Him breakfast before He departed.  Notice how He was hungry.


Mar 11:12  Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.

Mar 11:13  And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

Mar 11:14  In response Jesus said to it, "Let no one eat fruit from you ever again." And His disciples heard it.


Mat 21:12  Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

Mat 21:13  And He said to them, "It is written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER,' but you have made it a 'DEN OF THIEVES.'"

Mat 21:14  Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.

Mat 21:15  But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant

Mat 21:16  and said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes. Have you never read, 'OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND NURSING INFANTS YOU HAVE PERFECTED PRAISE'?"


Mar 11:18  And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.


Some of the Greeks wanted to see Christ.


Joh 12:20  Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.

Joh 12:21  Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."

Joh 12:22  Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

Joh 12:23  But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.

Joh 12:24  Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.

Joh 12:25  He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Joh 12:26  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Joh 12:27  "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour.


The Father speaks to Christ, and others heard the Father


Joh 12:28  Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify it again."


When the Father spoke it was for the peopleís benefit.


Joh 12:29  Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to Him."

Joh 12:30  Jesus answered and said, "This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.


Satan is cast out.


Joh 12:31  Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself."


Among the chief rulers many believed but they loved the praises of men more than the praise of God.


Joh 12:42  Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;

Joh 12:43  for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.


Mar 11:19  When evening had come, He went out of the city.

3 Days before Christís death


Mar 11:20  Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

Mar 11:21  And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away."

Mar 11:22  So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God.

Mar 11:23  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Mar 11:24  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Mar 11:25  "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Mar 11:26  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."


The chief priests and elders test His authority.


Mat 21:23  Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?"

Mat 21:24  But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things:

Mat 21:25  The baptism of John where was it from? From heaven or from men?" And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'

Mat 21:26  But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet."

Mat 21:27  So they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know." And He said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Mat 21:28  "But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'

Mat 21:29  He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went.

Mat 21:30  Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go.

Mat 21:31  Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.

Mat 21:32  For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it,you did not afterward relent and believe him.

Mat 21:33  "Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.

Mat 21:34  Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.

Mat 21:35  And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.

Mat 21:36  Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.

Mat 21:37  Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

Mat 21:38  But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'

Mat 21:39  So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Mat 21:40  "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?"

Mat 21:41  They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons."


Mat 21:43  "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.

Mat 21:44  And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."


Luk 20:19  And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.

Luk 20:20  So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.

Luk 20:21  Then they asked Him, saying, "Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth:

Luk 20:22  Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"

Luk 20:23  But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, "Why do you test Me?

Luk 20:24  Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" They answered and said, "Caesar's."

Luk 20:25  And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

Luk 20:26  But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.


Christ spoke to them in parables and told them the parable of the marriage feast.


Mat 22:1  And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:

Mat 22:2  "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,

Mat 22:3  and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.

Mat 22:4  Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." '

Mat 22:5  But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.

Mat 22:6  And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.

Mat 22:7  But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Mat 22:8  Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

Mat 22:9  Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.'

Mat 22:10  So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Mat 22:11  "But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.

Mat 22:12  So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.

Mat 22:13  Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Mat 22:14  "For many are called, but few are chosen."

Mat 22:15  Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.


Later on the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection questioned Him.


Mar 12:18  Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:

Mar 12:19  "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.

Mar 12:20  Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring.

Mar 12:21  And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise.

Mar 12:22  So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also.

Mar 12:23  Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife."


Christ corrected them.


Mar 12:24  Jesus answered and said to them, "Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?

Mar 12:25  For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.


One of the scribes asked.  What is the greatest commandment?


Mar 12:28  Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?"

Mar 12:29  Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'HEAR, O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.  


Mar 12:31  And the second, like it, is this: 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."


Notice that the scribe knew that there was one God {this is referring to the Father, He is the One True God}.


Mar 12:32  So the scribe said to Him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He.

Mar 12:33  And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

Mar 12:34  Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one dared question Him.


Christ continued to teach in the temple.


Mar 12:35  Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?

Mar 12:36  For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: 'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL." '

Mar 12:37  Therefore David himself calls Him 'LORD'; how is He then his Son?" And the common people heard Him gladly.

Mar 12:38  Then He said to them in His teaching, "Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces,

Mar 12:39  the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,

Mar 12:40  who devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."


Mat 23:1  Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples,

Mat 23:2  saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.

Mat 23:3  Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.

Mat 23:4  For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Mat 23:5  But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.

Mat 23:6  They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,

Mat 23:7  greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.'

Mat 23:8  But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.

Mat 23:9  Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

Mat 23:10  And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.

Mat 23:11  But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Mat 23:12  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Mat 23:13  "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

Mat 23:14  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

Mat 23:15  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

Mat 23:16  "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.'

Mat 23:17  Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

Mat 23:18  And, 'Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.'

Mat 23:19  Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

Mat 23:20  Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it.

Mat 23:21  He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it.

Mat 23:22  And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.

Mat 23:23  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

Mat 23:24  Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

Mat 23:25  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.

Mat 23:26  Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Mat 23:27  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.

Mat 23:28  Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Mat 23:29  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,

Mat 23:30  and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'

Mat 23:31  "Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.

Mat 23:32  Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' guilt.

Mat 23:33  Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

Mat 23:34  Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,

Mat 23:35  that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.

Mat 23:36  Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Mat 23:37  "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

Mat 23:38  See! Your house is left to you desolate;

Mat 23:39  for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'BLESSED is HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!' "


Then Jesus observed from the treasury.


Mar 12:41  Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.

Mar 12:42  Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.

Mar 12:43  So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;

Mar 12:44  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."


Jesus then left the temple and told the disciples the Mount Olivet prophesy.


Mar 13:1  Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!"

Mar 13:2  And Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

Mar 13:3  Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately,

Mar 13:4  "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?"

Mar 13:5  And Jesus, answering them, began to say: "Take heed that no one deceives you.

Mar 13:6  For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and will deceive many.

Mar 13:7  But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.

Mar 13:8  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.

Mar 13:9  "But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.

Mar 13:10  And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

Mar 13:11  But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

Mar 13:12  Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.

Mar 13:13  And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Mar 13:14  "So when you see the 'ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not" (let the reader understand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Mar 13:15  Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house.

Mar 13:16  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.

Mar 13:17  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

Mar 13:18  And pray that your flight may not be in winter.

Mar 13:19  For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.

Mar 13:20  And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

Mar 13:21  "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, He is there!' do not believe it.

Mar 13:22  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Mar 13:23  But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.

Mar 13:24  "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;

Mar 13:25  the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Mar 13:26  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

Mar 13:27  And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.

Mar 13:28  "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.

Mar 13:29  So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near at the doors!

Mar 13:30  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

Mar 13:31  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Mar 13:32  "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Mar 13:33  Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.

Mar 13:34  It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.

Mar 13:35  Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning

Mar 13:36  lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.

Mar 13:37  And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"


Mat 25:1  "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Mat 25:2  Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

Mat 25:3  Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,

Mat 25:4  but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Mat 25:5  But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

Mat 25:6  "And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'

Mat 25:7  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

Mat 25:8  And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'

Mat 25:9  But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'

Mat 25:10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

Mat 25:11  "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'

Mat 25:12  But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'

Mat 25:13  "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Mat 25:14  "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.

Mat 25:15  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

Mat 25:16  Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.

Mat 25:17  And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.

Mat 25:18  But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money.

Mat 25:19  After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

Mat 25:20  "So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.'

Mat 25:21  His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

Mat 25:22  He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.'

Mat 25:23  His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

Mat 25:24  "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

Mat 25:25  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'

Mat 25:26  "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.

Mat 25:27  So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.

Mat 25:28  So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

Mat 25:29  'For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.

Mat 25:30  And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Mat 25:31  "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

Mat 25:32  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

Mat 25:33  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

Mat 25:34  Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Mat 25:35  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

Mat 25:36  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'

Mat 25:37  "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

Mat 25:38  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

Mat 25:39  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'

Mat 25:40  And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

Mat 25:41  "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

Mat 25:42  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

Mat 25:43  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'

Mat 25:44  "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?'

Mat 25:45  Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'

Mat 25:46  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."


Jesus stayed at the Mount of Olives at night time.


Luk 21:37  And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet.

2 Days before Christís Death.


Luk 21:38  Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.


Mat 26:2  "You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."

Mat 26:3  Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

Mat 26:4  and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.


Mar 14:2  But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people."


It was at this time that Judas Iscariot went to the Chief priests and arranged to betray Christ.


Mat 26:14  Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

Mat 26:15  and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.

Mat 26:16  So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.


Judas the brother of Christ also went to the Chief priests to arrange for Christís arrest. It is not stated exactly when he went, but it was possibly at this time as he had prearranged with them that he would kiss Christ and then they could arrest Him. 
We would like to state at this point that Judas the brother of Christ did not know that Christ would be put to death, he thought he would be put in prison or something similar.  Notice in Mark 14 v 44, they were to take Him away safely. 
When the brother realised what was going to happen to Christ, he returned the 30 pieces of silver and hung himself.  Notice Judas the brother of Christ stated Christ was innocent, see Matt 27 v 3-5. 


Christ is anointed for His burial.


Mat 26:6  And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper,

Mat 26:7  a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.

Mat 26:8  But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?

Mat 26:9  For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor."

Mat 26:10  But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.

Mat 26:11  For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.

Mat 26:12  For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial.

Mat 26:13  Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."


Satan enters Judas.


Luk 22:3  Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.

Luk 22:4  So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.

Luk 22:5  And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.

Luk 22:6  So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.

One Day before Christís Death


The Passover was on Wednesday that year, the 14th of Nisan.  Because Jesus was the Passover lamb, He had to take the Passover with His disciples a day early.  He had to die at the time the Passover lambs were killed.  The lambs were killed around 3pm Ė 5pm on Wednesday afternoon, Christ died at 3pm Wednesday afternoon.  The Jews had the Passover service that evening after sunset.  That is the correct time to take the Passover.  As stated Christ had to take it one day early as He had to die at the time of the Passover lambs.


Joh 18:28  Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.


On Tuesday the 13th in the afternoon, the disciples asked Christ, where will we prepare the Passover?


Mat 26:17  Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?"


Christ told them where they were to prepare the Passover.  Notice that the Passover is prepared.


Mar 14:15  Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us."

Mar 14:16  So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.


Now we come to the all important eating of the Passover meal.  Notice that it happens after sunset, the next day.  The Passover was prepared on the Tuesday afternoon, now it is eaten after sunset, the next day, the beginning of Wednesday. 

Mat 26:19  So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.

Mat 26:20  When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.


The next events which happened in the last day of Christís life, are set out in detail in a companion article at this site called ďThe Last Day of Christís LifeĒ. 
This article goes through the 4 gospel accounts of the final 24 hours of the life of Christ, and gives an in depth coverage of this time.