Many of us think we know what the Gospels say about the last week of Jesus’ life. But do we really know chronologically what happened? Although there are minor differences in details among the four Gospel writers, the main story line is coherent. My husband created a quiz for our family, and I want to share it with you! Why not take the quiz now? I will post the answers before Easter. Here we go!
Number these so as to put each item into the correct chronological order of events:
___The High priest tears his clothes and declares blasphemy.
___The disciples are so emotionally tired they cannot stay awake with him.
___Jesus is on trial before the Council of the Sanhedrin (religious leaders).
___Jesus confirms that he is the Messiah before the Council.
___Jesus is arrested by Temple guards sent by the religious leaders.
___Jesus predicts his betrayal by Judas and also Peter’s denial, three times before the cock crows.
___Judas betrays Jesus and receives thirty pieces of silver.
___Jesus prays in the garden to be released from this cup of suffering.
___The false witnesses cannot agree.
___Jesus celebrates his last Passover with disciples.
___Jesus is offered wine on the cross.
___The cock crows twice.
___Three times Peter denies he knows or follows Jesus.
___Pontius Pilate interviews Jesus.
___Jesus cries, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani”, and breathes his last breath.
___The temple curtain separating God from the people is torn in two.
___Jesus is condemned by Pilate and Barabbas is released instead of Jesus.
___Jesus is crucified on the cross between two thieves.
___Jesus is mocked and scourged (whipped).
___After forty days, Jesus ascends into heaven as the disciples watch.
___Mary goes to tell Peter, John, and the other disciples that Jesus is risen.
___Jesus appears again in the upper room, and this time Thomas sees and believes.
___The Roman guard is placed at the tomb after his burial.
___Angels announce that Jesus is risen from the dead.
___Ten disciples tell Thomas they’ve seen Jesus but he doesn’t believe them.
___Joseph places the body of Jesus into his own prepared tomb, blocking it with a great stone.
___The women come on the third day and find the stone rolled away and the guards gone.
___Jesus appears in the upper room to most of the disciples.
___Peter and John run to see for themselves – the tomb is empty.
___With permission from Pilate, Joseph claims the body of Jesus.