BIBLE INSIGHTS in 500 Words
Come Walk With Jesus:
A Day-by-Day Guide for Easter Weekend
Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.
Between Thursday Evening in a Upper Room and Easter Morning in an Empty Tomb, the world changed forever. Jesus died for the forgiveness of sin, defeated Satan on the cross, triumphed over death on Easter morning, and inaugurated the first day of the New Creation.
Walk with Jesus through these 60 hours of transformation. For each day, you will find a) a summary of the events of each day, b) the Scripture readings from that follow the events of the day, and c) a prayer for a heart to follow.
Thursday – Jesus and his disciples prepared the Passover lamb (16) and they had their seder meal together (17). Jesus shared heartfelt words with his disciples and offered an intercessory prayer in their behalf (18). They arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus suffered in agony awaiting what was to come (19). Later that night Jesus was betrayed and arrested (20). He was tried first by Annas and later by Caiaphas and other religious leaders (21).
16-Matthew 26:17–19; Mark 14:12–16; Luke 22:7–13
17-Matthew 26:20–30; Mark 14:17–26; Luke 22:14–30
18-Matthew 26:30–35; Mark 14:26–31; Luke 22:31–39; John 15:1–18:1
19-Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39–46; John 18:1
20-Matthew 26:46–56; Mark 14:43–52; Luke 22:47–53; John 18:2–12
21-Matthew 26:57–75; Mark 14:53–72; Luke 22:54–65; John 18:13–27
Prayer: Lord, take me from the table to the garden to the trial; I put my faith in your faithfulness.
Friday – Early in the morning, Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod Antipas, and Pilate again (22). He was led to the cross and crucified at 9 a.m. and died at 3 p.m. and was buried later that day (23). Jesus died at the time when the Passover lambs were being sacrificed.
22-Matthew 27:1–30; Mark 15:1–19; Luke 22:66–23:25; John 18:28–19:16
23-Matthew 27:31–60; Mark 15:20–46; Luke 23:26–54; John 19:16–42
Prayer: Lord, lead me to the cross and fix my eyes upon you.
Saturday – Jesus’ body was in the tomb during the Sabbath, and the Pharisees hired Roman guards to keep watch of the tomb (24).
24-Matthew 27:61–66; Mark 15:47; Luke 23:55–56
Prayer: Lord, work in me, even when I can’t see it or feel it.
Sunday – Christ was resurrected from the dead (25) His was the first of many resurrections to come, in which it was a type of first fruits offering. First fruit offerings were made on the day after the Sabbath (26).
25-Matthew 28:1–15; Mark 16:1–13; Luke 24:1–35
26-Leviticus 23:9–14; 1 Corinthians 15:23
Prayer: Lord, you have broken my chains and set my heart free; let me rise to follow you.
Adapted from Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ by Harold W. Hoehner. Copyright 1977 by The Zondervan Corporation; 1973, 1974 by Dallas Theological Seminary.