Passion Week Harmony (Outline)

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Passion Week Harmony

The following outline is a combination of pages 1410 (The Life of Christ: THE LAST WEEK), 1446-7 (Passion Week), 1511 (Resurrection Appearances), and 1566-7 (last two pages in The Harmony of the Gospels) from Zondervan’s NASB Study Bible (1999), sans the nifty map from Passion Week.


Triumphal Entry and the Fig Tree

Arrival at Bethany (John 11:55-12:1)


Triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:1-3, 6-7, 4-5, 8-11, 14-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19)


Jesus curses the fig tree having leaves but no figs (Matt. 21:18-19a; Mark 11:12-14)

Second cleansing of the temple (Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48)

Request of some Greeks to see Jesus and necessity of the Son of Man’s being lifted up (John 12:20-36a)

Different responses to Jesus and Jesus’ response to the crowds (John 12:36b-50)

Withered fig tree and the lesson on faith (Matt. 21:19b-22; Mark 11:19-26; Luke 21:37-38)

Official Challenge to Christ’s Authority


Questioning of Jesus’ authority by the chief priests, teachers of the law, and elders (Matt. 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8)

Jesus’ response with his own question and parables (Matt. 21:28-22:14; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19)

Attempts by Pharisees and Herodians to trap Jesus with a question about paying taxes to Caesar (Matt. 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26)

Sadducees’ puzzling question about the resurrection (Matt. 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40)

A Pharisee’s legal question (Matt. 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34)

Christ’s Response to His Enemies’ Challenges

Christ’s relationship to David as son and Lord (Matt. 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44)

Seven woes against the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 23:1-36; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47)

Jesus’ sorrow over Jerusalem (Matt. 23:37-39)

A poor widow’s gift of all she had (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4)


The Olivet Discourse: Jesus Speaks Prophetically About the Temple and His Own Second Coming

Setting of the discourse (Matt. 24:1-3; Mark 13:1-4; Luke 21:5-7)

Beginning of birth pains (Matt. 24:4-14; Mark 13:5-13; Luke 21:8-19)

Abomination of desolation and subsequent distress (Matt. 24:15-28; Mark 13:14-23; Luke 21:20-24)

Coming of the Son of Man (Matt. 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-27)

Signs of nearness but unknown time (Matt. 24:32-41; Mark 13: 28-32; Luke 21:28-33)

Five parables to teach watchfulness and faithfulness (Matt. 24:42-25:30; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 21:34-36)

Judgment at the Son of Man’s coming (Matt. 25:31-46)

Arrangements for Betrayal

Plot by the Sanhedrin to arrest and kill Jesus (Matt. 26:1-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2)

Bethany, TUESDAY:

Mary’s anointing of Jesus for burial (Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:2-11)

Day of rest, WEDNESDAY:

Judas’ agreement to betray Jesus (Matt. 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6)

The Last Supper


Preparation for the Passover meal (Matt. 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13)

Beginning of the Passover meal and dissention among the disciples over greatness (Matt. 26:20; Mark 14:17; Luke 22:14-16, 24-30)

Washing the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-20)

Identification of the betrayer (Matt. 26:21-25; Mark 14:18-21; Luke 22:21-23; John 13:21-30)

Prediction of Peter’s denial (Matt. 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-38; John 13:31-38)

Conclusion of the meal and the Lord’s Supper instituted (1 Cor. 11:23-26; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20)

Discourse and Prayers from the Upper Room to Gethsemane

Questions about his destination, the Father, and the Holy Spirit answered (John 14:1-31)

The vine and the branches (John 15:1-17)

Opposition from the world (John 15:18-16:4)

Coming and ministry of the Spirit (John 16:5-15)

Prediction of joy over His resurrection (John 16:16-22)

Promise of answered prayer and peace (John 16:23-33)

Jesus’ prayer for his disciples and all who believe (John 17:1-26)

Jesus’ three agonizing prayers in Gethsemane (Matt. 26:30, 36-46; Mark 14:26, 32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1)


Betrayal and Arrest


Jesus betrayed, arrested, and forsaken (Matt. 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-12)

Jewish Trials & Peter’s Denials (Blended Version)


Jesus Faces Annas (First Jewish Trial)
(Matt. 26:57-58, Mark 14:53-54, Luke 22:54, John 18:12-24)

Peter’s First Denial
(Matt. 26:69-70, Mark 14:66-68b, Luke 22:55-57, John 18:15-18)

Caiaphas the High Priest Questions Jesus Before the Council (Second Jewish Trial)
(Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:53-65, Luke 22:63-65)

Peter’s Second Denial
(Matt. 26:71-72, Mark 14:68b-70a, Luke 22:58, John 18:25)

Peter’s Third Denial
(Matt. 26:73-75, Mark 14:70b-72, Luke 22:59-62, John 18:26-27)


Jesus Before the Council (Third Jewish Trial)
(Matthew 27:1, Mark 15:1a, Luke 22:66-71)

Remorse and suicide of Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:18-19; Matthew 27:3-10)

First Roman phase, before Pilate (Matt. 27:2, 11-14; Mark 15:1b-5; Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-38)

Second Roman phase, before Herod Antipas (Luke 23:6-12)

Third Roman phase, before Pilate (Matt. 27:15-26; Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:13-25; John 18:39-19:16a)


Mockery by the Roman soldiers (Matt. 27:27-30; Mark 15:16-19)

Journey to Golgotha (Matt. 27:31-34; Mark 15:20-23; Luke 23:26-33a; John 19:16b-17)

First three hours of crucifixion (Matt. 27:35-44; Mark 15:24-32; Luke 23:33b-43; John 19:18, 23-24, 19-22, 25-27)

Last three hours of the crucifixion (Matt. 27:45-50; Mark 15:33-37; Luke 23:44-45a, 46; John 19:28-30)

Witness of Jesus’ death (Matt. 27:51-56; Mark 15:38-41; Luke 23:45b, 47-49)


Certification of Jesus’ death and procurement of His body (Matt. 27:57-58; Mark 15:42-45; Luke 23:50-52; John 19:31-38)

Jesus’ body placed in a tomb (Matt. 27:59-60; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53-54; John 19:39-42)

The tomb watched by the women and guarded by the soldiers (Matt. 27:61-66; Mark 15:47; Luke 23:55-56)


Blending of Resurrection & Post-Res passages

The Empty Tomb

The tomb visited by the women (Matt. 28:1, Mark 16:1)

The stone rolled away (Matt. 28:2-4)

The tomb found to be empty by the women (Matt. 28:5-8; Mark 16:2-8; Luke 24:1-8; John 20:1)

The tomb found to be empty by Peter and John (Luke 24:9-12; John 20:2-10)

The Post-Resurrection Appearances

Appearance to Mary Magdalene in the garden (Mark 16:9-11; John 20:11-18)

Appearance to the other women (Matt. 28:9-10)

Report of the soldiers to the Jewish authorities (Matt. 28:11-15)

Road to Emmaus: Appearance to the two disciples travelling to Emmaus (Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-32)

Report of the two disciples to the rest, incl. about appearance to Peter (1 Cor. 15:5a; Luke 24:33-35)

Appearance to the ten disciples in the upper room (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-25)


Appearances after passion week:

Following Sunday: Appearance to the eleven in the upper room (1 Cor. 15:5b; Mark 16:14; John 20:26-31)

Sea of Galilee: Appearance to the seven disciples while fishing (John 21:1-25)

Galilee: Appearance to the Eleven on a mountain in Galilee (Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18)

Appearance to more than five hundred (1 Cor. 15:6)

Appearance to James, Jesus’ brother (1 Cor. 15:7)

Ascension from Mount of Olives in Jerusalem 40 Days After Resurrection: Appearance to the disciples & Christ’s parting blessing (Acts 1:3-12; Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:44-53)
Blending of Luke 24:36-53; Acts 1:4-14; Matthew 28:16-20 (Mark 16:14-20b excluded)

To Paul on the road to Damascus several years later (Acts 9:1-19; 22:3-16; 26:9-18; 1 Cor. 9:1)

2 Responses to Passion Week Harmony (Outline)

  1. swamarine says:

    Im wondering how you reconcile this timeline with 3 nights? If Jesus is buried Friday night, isn’t that two nights?

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