The four-gospel accounts of Yeshua’s crucifixion and third-day resurrection do not seem to flow chronologically as we might like them to. Collectively, the gospel narratives inform us of the events of his last week in a rather disjointed and, in some cases, totally confusing way. Often, as we try to follow the events and make good sense of them, it brings up more questions than answers.
With today’s podcast, Episode 124, and Part 11, I will continue to analyze the final week of Yeshua’s ministry week leading up to his crucifixion and third-day resurrection. For example, it appears that Yeshua observed Passover with his disciples, as is recorded in Mark 14:12 (also in Matthew 26:17 and Luke 22:7).
Yeshua and His Disciples:
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?”
Then, we learn about this timeline of events:
The Judean Pharisees and Temple Authorities:
John 18:28. Then they led Yeshua from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.
Mark 14:2. The chief priests (the heads of the Cohanim) and the scribes sought how they might take him (Yeshua) by trickery and put him to death. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.”
John 19:14-16. Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover and about the sixth hour… Then they took Yeshua and led Him away.
In summary, we have this sequence of events to address:
Judean Pharisees and Temple Authorities versus Yeshua and His Disciples:
- And it was early morning, but they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.
- Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.
- Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover.
- Where do You want us to go and prepare that You may eat the Passover?
Later on that night, Yeshua was betrayed by Yehudah, captured and arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, brought to face an all-night inquisition before high priest Annas, brought to Judean Governor Pilate for sentencing, and then on the Roman execution stake nearly all day. How in the world does all this fit into the timeline so that Yeshua can eat the Passover lamb, and yet he is crucified as the Passover lamb?
With today’s podcast program, you will discover part of how this narrative conundrum is solved.
To help you follow along with today’s lesson, I encourage you to navigate my website and access a copy of the Chronology Calendar of Events on Exhibits “A” and “B.” You will likely need this if you want to follow the biblical study material I’ll share today. Here is a link to access the page where you can find the podcast study helps: www.cominghome.co.il/podcasts/general-5