Easter Week

Procession into Jerusalem

 

29 As Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he gave two disciples a task. 30 He said, “Go into the village over there. When you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31  If someone asks, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘Its master needs it.’” 32 Those who had been sent found it exactly as he had said.

33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  

34 They replied, “Its master needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their clothes on the colt, and lifted Jesus onto it. 36 As Jesus rode along, they spread their clothes on the road.

37 As Jesus approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole throng of his disciples began rejoicing. They praised God with a loud voice because of all the mighty things they had seen. 38 They said,“Blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens.”

 

39 Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, scold your disciples! Tell them to stop!”  

40 He answered, “I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout.”

John 2:13-17
Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14  In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.

15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

16To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 

17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Mark 13 (Common English Bible (CEB))

The temple’s fate

13 As Jesus left the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look! What awesome stones and buildings!”

2 Jesus responded, “Do you see these enormous buildings? Not even one stone will be left upon another. All will be demolished.”

3 Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? What sign will show that all these things are about to come to an end?”

Keep watch!

5 Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you.6 Many people will come in my name, saying, ‘I’m the one!’ They will deceive many people.7 When you hear of wars and reports of wars, don’t be alarmed. These things must happen, but this isn’t the end yet.8 Nations and kingdoms will fight against each other, and there will be earthquakes and famines in all sorts of places. These things are just the beginning of the sufferings associated with the end.

9 “Watch out for yourselves. People will hand you over to the councils. You will be beaten in the synagogues. You will stand before governors and kings because of me so that you can testify before them.10 First, the good news must be proclaimed to all the nations.11 When they haul you in and hand you over, don’t worry ahead of time about what to answer or say. Instead, say whatever is given to you at that moment, for you aren’t doing the speaking but the Holy Spirit is.12 Brothers and sisters will hand each other over to death. A father will turn in his children. Children will rise up against their parents and have them executed.13 Everyone will hate you because of my name. But whoever stands firm until the end will be saved.

14 “When you see the disgusting and destructive thing standing where it shouldn’t be (the reader should understand this), then those in Judea must escape to the mountains.15 Those on the roof shouldn’t come down or enter their houses to grab anything.

16 Those in the field shouldn’t come back to grab their clothes.17 How terrible it will be at that time for women who are pregnant and for women who are nursing their children.18 Pray that it doesn’t happen in winter.19 In those days there will be great suffering such as the world has never before seen and will never again see.20 If the Lord hadn’t shortened that time, no one would be rescued. But for the sake of the chosen ones, the ones whom God chose, he has cut short the time.

21 “Then if someone says to you, ‘Look, here’s the Christ,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it.22 False christs and false prophets will appear, and they will offer signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, those whom God has chosen.23 But you, watch out! I’ve told you everything ahead of time.

24 “In those days, after the suffering of that time, the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t give its light.25 The stars will fall from the sky, and the planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken.26 Then they will see the Human One[a]coming in the clouds with great power and splendor.27 Then he will send the angels and gather together his chosen people from the four corners of the earth, from the end of the earth to the end of heaven.

A lesson from the fig tree

28 “Learn this parable from the fig tree. After its branch becomes tender and it sprouts new leaves, you know that summer is near.29 In the same way, when you see these things happening, you know that he’s near, at the door.30 I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until all these things happen.31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.

32 “But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the angels in heaven and not the Son. Only the Father knows.33 Watch out! Stay alert! You don’t know when the time is coming.34 It is as if someone took a trip, left the household behind, and put the servants in charge, giving each one a job to do, and told the doorkeeper to stay alert.35 Therefore, stay alert! You don’t know when the head of the household will come, whether in the evening or at midnight, or when the rooster crows in the early morning or at daybreak.36 Don’t let him show up when you weren’t expecting and find you sleeping.37 What I say to you, I say to all: Stay alert!”

Matthew 27:1-22 Common English Bible

  

Jesus before Pilate

27.1 Early in the morning all the chief priests and the elders of the people reached the decision to have Jesus put to death. 

2. They bound him, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate the governor.

Judas’ death

3.When Judas, who betrayed Jesus, saw that Jesus was condemned to die, he felt deep regret. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, and said,

4."I did wrong because I betrayed an innocent man."But they said, “What is that to us? That’s your problem.”

5. Judas threw the silver pieces into the temple and left. Then he went and hanged himself.                                                 

6. The priests picked up the silver pieces and said, “According to the Law it’s not right to put this money in the treasury. Since it was used to pay for someone’s life, it’s unclean.”

7.So they decided to use it to buy the potter’s field where strangers could be buried.

8.That’s why that field is called “Field of Blood” to this very day.

9.This fulfilled the words of Jeremiah the prophet: And I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price for the one whose price had been set by some of the Israelites,

10. and I gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.

Questioned by Pilate

11.Jesus was brought before the governor. The governor said, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “That’s what you say.”

12. But he didn’t answer when the chief priests and elders accused him.

13. Then Pilate said, “Don’t you hear the testimony they bring against you?”

14. But he didn’t answer, not even a single word. So the governor was greatly amazed.

Death sentence

15. It was customary during the festival for the governor to release to the crowd one prisoner, whomever they might choose.

16. At that time there was a well-known prisoner named Jesus Barabbas.

17.  When the crowd had come together, Pilate asked them, “Whom would you like me to release to you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?”

18. He knew that the leaders of the people had handed him over because of jealousy.

19. While he was serving as judge, his wife sent this message to him, “Leave that righteous man alone. I’ve suffered much today in a dream because of him.”

 

22. Pilate said, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” 20. but the chief priests and elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and kill Jesus.

21. The Governor said, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" "Barabbas," they replied. They all said, “Crucify him

Mark 15 :16-40

Jesus is tortured and killed

16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the courtyard of the palace known as the governor’s headquarters,[a] and they called together the whole company of soldiers.[b]17 They dressed him up in a purple robe and twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on him.18 They saluted him, “Hey! King of the Jews!”19 Again and again, they struck his head with a stick. They spit on him and knelt before him to honor him.20 When they finished mocking him, they stripped him of the purple robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

21 Simon, a man from Cyrene, Alexander and Rufus’ father, was coming in from the countryside. They forced him to carry his cross.

22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means Skull Place.23 They tried to give him wine mixed with myrrh, but he didn’t take it.24 They crucified him. They divided up his clothes, drawing lots for them to determine who would take what.25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.26 The notice of the formal charge against him was written, “The king of the Jews.”27 They crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left.[c]29 People walking by insulted him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! So you were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, were you?30 Save yourself and come down from that cross!”

31 In the same way, the chief priests were making fun of him among themselves, together with the legal experts. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself.32 Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross. Then we’ll see and believe.” Even those who had been crucified with Jesus insulted him.

33 From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark.34 At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you left me?”

35 After hearing him, some standing there said, “Look! He’s calling Elijah!”36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink, saying, “Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down.”37 But Jesus let out a loud cry and died.

38 The curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.39 When the centurion, who stood facing Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “This man was certainly God’s Son.”

40 Some women were watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James (the younger one) and Joses, and Salome.41 When Jesus was in Galilee, these women had followed and supported him, along with many other women who had come to Jerusalem with him.

 Mark 15: 42- Mark 16:8

Jesus’ burial

42 Since it was late in the afternoon on Preparation Day, just before the Sabbath,43 Joseph from Arimathea dared to approach Pilate and ask for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a prominent council member who also eagerly anticipated the coming of God’s kingdom.)44 Pilate wondered if Jesus was already dead. He called the centurion and asked him whether Jesus had already died.45 When he learned from the centurion that Jesus was dead, Pilate gave the dead body to Joseph.46 He bought a linen cloth, took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in the cloth, and laid him in a tomb that had been carved out of rock. He rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was buried.

31 In the same way, the chief priests were making fun of him among themselves, together with the legal experts. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself.32 Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross. Then we’ll see and believe.” Even those who had been crucified with Jesus insulted him.

33 From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark.34 At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you left me?”

35 After hearing him, some standing there said, “Look! He’s calling Elijah!”36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink, saying, “Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down.”37 But Jesus let out a loud cry and died.

38 The curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.39 When the centurion, who stood facing Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “This man was certainly God’s Son.”

40 Some women were watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James (the younger one) and Joses, and Salome.41 When Jesus was in Galilee, these women had followed and supported him, along with many other women who had come to Jerusalem with him.

Empty tomb

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body.2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb.3 They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?”4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!)5 Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled.6 But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.[a] He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him.7 Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.”8 Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.