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Scripture Guide to Holy Week

As you prepare for Easter, use this guide to retrace Jesus’ final days before His death and resurrection. Read the Scripture associated with each of His movements and reflect on the sacrifice He willingly made so that each of us can experience restoration with God and salvation from our sins.

Friday / Saturday

  • Jesus arrives in Bethany: John 12:1
  • Mary anoints Jesus: Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:2-8
  • Crowd comes to see Jesus: John 12:9-11

Sunday

  • Triumphal entry into Jerusalem: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-18
  • Some Greeks seek Jesus: John 12:20-36
  • Jesus weeps over Jerusalem: Luke 19:41
  • Enters temple: Mark 11:11
  • Returns to Bethany: Matthew 21:17, Mark 11:11

Monday

  • Jesus curses the fig tree: Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-14
  • Clears the Temple: Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46
  • Returns to Bethany with the Twelve: Mark 11:19

Tuesday

  • Disciples see the withered fig tree on return to Jerusalem: Matthew 21:20-22, Mark 11:20-21
  • Temple controversies in Jerusalem: Matthew 21:23-23:39, Mark 11:27-12:44, Luke 20:1-21:4
  • Olivet Discourse on the return to Bethany: Matthew 24:1-25:46, Mark 13:1-37, Luke 21:5-36

Wednesday

  • Jesus continues daily teaching in the temple: Luke 21:37-38
  • Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus: Matthew 26:3-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 22:1-2

Wednesday / Thursday

  • Preparations for the Passover: Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13

Thursday

  • Passover meal / Last Supper: Matthew 26:20-34, Mark 14:17-26, Luke 22:14-30
  • Upper Room Discourse: John 13:1-17:26
  • Jesus prays in Gethsemane: Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39-46

Friday

  • Betrayal and arrest: Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12
  • Jewish trials

    • Before Annas: John 18:13-24
    • Before Caiaphas and part of the Sanhedrin: Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, Luke 22:54-65, John18:19-24
    • Before the full Sanhedrin: Matthew 27:1-2, Mark 15:1, Luke 22:66-7
  • Roman Trials:

    • Before Pilate: Matthew 27:2-14, Mark 15:2-5, Luke 23:1-5
    • Before Herod: Luke 23:6-12
    • Before Pilate: Matthew 27:15-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:13-25, John 18:28-19:16
  • Crucifixion: Matthew 27:27-54, Mark 15:16-39, Luke 23:26-49, John 19:16-37
  • Burial: Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-54, John 19:38-42

Saturday

  • Real Truth. Real Quick.: Where Did Jesus Go Between His Death and Resurrection?

Sunday

  • Empty-tomb witnesses: Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12
  • Resurrection appearances: Matthew 28:9-20, Mark 16:9-20, Luke 24:13-53, John 20:1-John 21:25

Source: ESV Study Bible