Events of Easter
On Palm Sunday Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and was greeted by crowds cheering ‘Hosanna’ and waving palm branches.
During the week that followed Jesus taught the people but at the same time the Chief Priests and elders met and were scheming as to how to arrest him and have him put to death.
On the Thursday evening Jesus had a supper with his disciples and told them that one of them would betray him. Judas had already arranged with the Chief Priests to betray Jesus for the payment of thirty pieces of silver.
During that supper Jesus broke bread and drank wine with them as a symbol of a covenant with them. This supper has always been remembered and celebrated by his followers.
Afterwards they went out to the Mount of Olives and it was there that Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. The soldiers seized him and he was brought before the High Priest and the Jewish Council. He was found guilty of blasphemy and condemned to death.
Next morning, Friday, Jesus was taken to Pontious Pilate, the Roman Governor, who asked the crowds whether they wanted Jesus or Barabbas released. They asked for Barabbas and called for Jesus to be crucified.
They stripped Jesus, put a crown of thorns on his head and mocked him.
Simon from Cyrene helped to carry his cross and Jesus was crucified along with two bandits, one on either side.
In the evening Joseph from Arimithaea asked Pilate for Jesus’s body, wrapped it in a clean sheet and laid it in an unused tomb.
On the Sunday Mary of Magdala and the other Mary came to the grave and found the body was not there. They were told that Jesus had been raised from the dead and they went to tell the disciples.
There were several other appearances of Jesus after his resurrection.
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