Jerusalem AD 30
Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey for his final Passover festival. Crowds of people spread palm branches along the roadway, fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah.
The next day, furious with the way in which they had polluted the House of God, Jesus drove the money-changers from the temple.
The Last Supper
Knowing that the time had come, Jesus shared a solemn meal with His disciples. He rose from His meal, and laid His garment aside. Taking a towel, He filled a basin with water and proceeded to wash the feet of His disciples. When Peter objected, Christ answered him, saying, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter."
Turning again to the table, and to His disciples sitting there, He foretold that one of them would betray Him, and told them of his coming death. Then He used the bread and the wine to symbolize that which would follow. Just as they shared the bread and the wine together, so they would share in His death. Jesus was to take the sin of the world upon Himself, bringing it down into death, once and for all.
Then they went into the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was arrested, betrayed by Judas Iscariot, one of His twelve.
Condemned and Crucified
Upon his arrest at Gethsemane, Jesus was taken before Caiaphas for a hearing. When He answered the high priest's question, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" with the words, "I am," this was enough to convince them that He should be put to death for blasphemy.
But under Roman rule, the Jews did not have the authority to carry out a sentence of death, so they took their prisoner to the Roman governor, Pilate; but Pilate couldn't find a reason under Roman law to punish Him. He tried to reason with the Jewish leaders, but by then an angry mob had assembled, incited by the Jewish religious leaders. Intimidated, Pilate sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion.
Jesus had to carry His cross to Golgotha, the place of crucifixion, after having been whipped by Roman soldiers. He died, with convicted thieves crucified on either side of Him.
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father,
into Your hands I commit My spirit." Having said this, He
breathed His last.
By late afternoon, Jesus' body had been laid in a tomb dug into the rock of a hillside. The Romans set up a guard to avoid any trouble.