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Andreas Köstenberger and I are working on a book together tentatively titled, Jesus’s Final Week: What Really Happened?

Throughout this week I’ll provide the rough 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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7 thoughts on “What Happened on Wednesday of Holy Week?”

  1. donsands says:

    Looks like Satan is scheming and he is causing evil to triumph, doesn’t it. And in our lives the devils in this world seem to be doing the same.

    “But God”

    Hallelujah, Glory be to our Great God!

  2. Clarification Dave says:

    Luke 22:3 says that Satan entered into Judas.

    Luke 22:19-20 is Luke’s account of the Last Supper.

    Luke 22:21 “But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table.”

    Should this question be reserved for tomorrow?

    Luke’s telling of the Last Supper account strongly implies that Judas partook of the Last Supper (and no other Gospel account contradicts that; Matthew and Mark do not speak of Judas’ leaving and John does not speak of the Last Supper). Mark 14:23 says, ” they all drank from it.”

    What impact does this information have on the issue of open communion?

  3. orthodox says:


    The more accurate and exacting of the commentators on the four Gospels, say that two women anointed the Lord, one long before his Passion, and one a few days before. One of these women was a harlot, and the other was a chaste, virtuous woman. On this day, the Church commemorates this act of piety and righteousness which proceeded from the harlot, contrasting it with treachery of Judas and his Betrayal of Christ. Both these acts occurred on Wednesday, two days before the Mosaic Passover, as it appears from the course of the account of St. Matthew the Evangelist.The above mentioned harlot anointed the head and feet of Jesus with oil, and wiped them with the hair of her head. The precious ointment was worth three hundred dinars, or about fifteen pieces of Venetian gold. When the Disciples saw this, they stumbled, especially Judas, the money-lover, and were angry because of the wasting of such an amount of costly ointment. Jesus rebuked them, lest the woman be embarrassed. Judas was angry, and went to the high priests where they were gathered in the house of Caiphas, taking counsel against Jesus, and he agreed with them to deliver the Master for thirty pieces of silver. Because of this, the fast of Wednesday was instituted from the days of the apostolic age itself.

    Wherefore, O Christ God, anointed with the holy oil, deliver us from all suffering, and have mercy upon us. Amen.

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