SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Jesus drew near to Jerusalem, arriving at Bethany six days before Passover, which was the Saturday before the Passion. Jesus was anointed at Simon the leper's house) On Sunday, there was a great crowd that came to Bethany to see Jesus.
The next day was Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, followed by His visit to the temple, and His return to Bethany. It was Nisan 10, when the Passover lambs were selected. Likewise, the triumphal entry was the day when Christ presented Himself as Israel's Paschal Lamb.
Matthew 21:1–11, 14–17Mark 11:1–11Luke 19:29–44John 12:12–19
On the way from Bethany to Jerusalem, Jesus cursed the fig tree,S and He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem. Some religious leaders began to plot ways to kill Him. That evening Jesus left Jerusalem, presumably returning to Bethany.
On the way to Jerusalem, the disciples saw the withered fig tree. At the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus' authority and wisdom was questioned by some religious leaders. That afternoon Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and delivered the Olivet Discourse. Two additional things occurred on that day: (l) Jesus predicted that in two days He would be crucified at the time of the Passover and (2) Judas planned the betrayal of Christ with some religious leaders.
Jesus and His disciples prepared the Passover lamb, and they had their Passover meal in the Upper Room. Jesus shared powerful truth with His disciples and offered an intercessory prayer in their behalf. They arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus suffered in agony awaiting what was to come. Later that night Jesus was betrayed and arrested. He was tried first by Annas and later by Caiaphas and other religious leaders.
Early in the morning, Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin, Pilate, Herod Antipas, and Pilate again. He was led to the cross and crucified at 9:00 a.m. and died at 3:00 p.m. and was buried later that day. Christ the Paschal Lamb (l Corinthians 5:7) died at the time when the Israelites were sacrificing their Passover lambs.
Jesus' body was in the tomb during the Sabbath, and the Pharisees hired Roman guards to keep watch of the tomb.
Christ was resurrected from the dead. His was the first of many resurrections to come, in which it was a type of first fruits offering. (First fruits offerings were made by Jews on the day after the Sabbath.)