In the last days of his ministry, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem and boldly predicted that he would soon be put to death—executed on a cross, like a common criminal. So began the most important week of the most important person who ever lived. Nearly 2,000 years later, the events that took place during Jesus’ last days still reverberate through the ages. Designed as a day-by-day guide to Passion Week, The Final Days of Jesus leads us to re-examine and meditate on the history-making, earth-shaking significance of Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion, and empty tomb. Combining a chronological arrangement of the Gospel accounts with insightful commentary, charts, and maps, this book will help you better understand what actually happened all those years ago—and why it matters today.
“But Jesus means that the time is at hand for him to be sacrificed as God’s Passover lamb in order to atone for the sins of the entire world.” (Page 54)
“The crowds are openly acclaiming Jesus instead of Caesar as king!” (Page 32)
“Jesus was born of a young virgin in the town of Bethlehem, perhaps in October of 6 or 5 BC.” (Page 13)
“The fact that Jesus gives the morsel of bread to Judas makes it likely that Judas was in the other place of honor, to Jesus’s left.” (Page 59)
“Having established the inability of the Jewish religious leadership to answer Jesus’s questions, Jesus launches a lengthy, scathing critique of the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 23:1–39; Mark 12:38–40; Luke 20:45–47). He warns the crowds against those ‘hypocrites’ and ‘blind guides’ and pronounces seven woes of judgment against them. This full-scale verbal assault against the current religious authorities removes all doubt concerning Jesus’s intentions, agenda, and aims. He has no desire to ally himself with the current leadership; he has come to overthrow their authority and to replace it with his own. There is no way that both sides can survive the escalating conflict. It seems that either Jesus will come to assume power or face death.” (Page 43)