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 raises more questions than answers.
With today’s podcast, Episode 125, and Part 12, I will continue to analyze the final week of Yeshua’s ministry week leading up to his crucifixion and third-day resurrection.
For example, here is a comparison of statements appearing in the gospel narratives.
Mark 14:12. 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?”
Right. So, Yeshua’s disciples are already slaughtering the Passover Lamb. Then, Yeshua sits down to eat the Passover, and firmly, it is at night.
John 13:30. “…and it was night.”
So then, during supper, Yeshua said to his disciples:
Luke 22:15. “With fervent (a longing) desire, I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”
Okay, I got it. Yeshua’s disciples slaughter a Passover lamb, and they ask him where he wants to eat the Passover. Then, they eat the Passover at night, and during supper, He tells them that He desires to do this BEFORE He suffers. But then there is this statement about the religious leaders who would prefer not to get him crucified on Passover lest they stir up the people during the Feast.
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.”
Yet, Yeshua is crucified during the Feast, and, in fact, the day of his crucifixion is on the Preparation Day for Passover:
John 19:14. “Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover…
But the Jerusalem religious leaders don’t want to become unclean when coming into contact with Pilate and his ritual impurity in what they knew to be a “defilement of the deep.”
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.
So, what is going on here? Can all of this be reconciled so that it makes perfect sense? Absolutely, one hundred percent! It all makes perfect sense. With today’s podcast program, you will discover, in part, how this “confusing” 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