The last week of Jesus’ life is a significant event in the history of Christianity. It marks the culmination of his ministry on earth and the ultimate sacrifice he made for humanity.
The events that occurred during this week are narrated in detail in the Bible, and they have been studied and analyzed by scholars and believers alike. In this article, we will explore what happened during the last week of Jesus’ life according to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
The Triumphal Entry
The last week of Jesus’ life began with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As he rode on a donkey, people laid palm branches and their clothes on the road to honor him as their king. This event is known as Palm Sunday and is celebrated by Christians around the world.
The Cleansing of the Temple
After entering Jerusalem, Jesus went to the temple and drove out those who were buying and selling there, saying that it was a house of prayer and not a marketplace. This act angered the religious leaders who were already plotting against him.
The Last Supper
On Thursday evening, Jesus had his last supper with his disciples where he instituted the sacrament or communion that is still practiced in many Christian churches today. He also washed his disciples’ feet as an act of service.
The Garden of Gethsemane
After supper, Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane where he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples. He was then arrested by soldiers from the Jewish Sanhedrin.
The Trial and Crucifixion
Jesus was tried before both Jewish and Roman authorities. He was accused of blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of God.
Despite finding no fault in him, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, allowed him to be crucified. Jesus was nailed to a cross and died on Friday afternoon.
On Sunday morning, women went to Jesus’ tomb to anoint his body with spices. However, they found the tomb empty and were told by angels that Jesus had risen from the dead. He later appeared to his disciples and others, proving that he had indeed overcome death.
The last week of Jesus’ life is a powerful and emotional story of sacrifice, love, and redemption. It serves as a reminder of the ultimate price that Jesus paid for our sins and the hope we have in eternal life through him. As we reflect on these events during Holy Week, let us also strive to follow his example of love and service towards others.