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With help from the ESV Study Bible, here’s an attempted harmony/chronology of the words and actions of Jesus in the final week of his pre-resurrection life.


Jesus continues his daily teaching in the Temple

Luke 21:37-38

And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet.

And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.


With Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread approaching, the chief priests, elders, and scribes plot to kill Jesus

Matthew 26:3-5

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said,

"Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people."

Mark 14:1-2

It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said,

"Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people."

Luke 22:1-2

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover.

And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.


Satan enters Judas, who seeks out the Jewish authorities in order to betray Jesus for a price

Matthew 26:14-16

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,

"What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?"

And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.

And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Mark 14:10-11

Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.

And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money.

And he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Luke 22:3-6

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve.

He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them.

And they were glad, and agreed to give him money.

So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.


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8 thoughts on “Holy Week: What Happened on Wednesday?”

  1. Ben D. Morris says:

    I’ve long been convinced that the Last Supper wsa held on a Wednesday and that the Crucifixion took place on a Thursday. That notion comports with the certainty that Jesus was in the grave for three days and three nights (rising before dawn on a Sunday). It also demonstrates that there is no, “missing” day in the Gospel accounts after all.

  2. Nate Viall says:

    Why is Wednesday “silent”? Approximately half of each gospel is devoted to this last eight days. Yet all we have recorded is the sidebar about Judas.
    The Law required the Lamb to be presented and examined on the 10th (Palm Sunday?). It was to be slain on the 14th.
    Together, that suggests the crucifixion was on Thursday.

  3. Sharon P says:

    I agree with Ben & Nate; the crucifixion must have took place on Thursday or possibly Wednesday. In Holy Week, during Christ’s passion, were there two Sabbaths because of the Festival of Unleavened Bread? Scripture speaks of the women going to the grave before (Luke 23:56)and after(Mark 16:1) the Sabbath. I would like to read some educated opinions on this. Thanks

    1. Rose says:

      Here is a source I have referred to in the past to get the timeline more accurate than our traditional Holy Week. http://www.biblestudy.org/basicart/was-jesus-in-the-grave-for-three-days-and-nights.html

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