I will complete Solomon’s Ecclesiastes soon, but I have been asked to compile a Passion Week Gospel reading list, and thought I’d share that with you as well.
Passion Week will commence for us in 2017, on Sunday, April 9, and conclude the following Sunday, April 16. If I have this correctly, you could commence reading from the Four Gospels in the following manner, beginning with Friday the 7th…
Friday before, April 7: Mt.20:17-34 & 26:6-13, Mk.10:32-52 & 14:3-9, Lk.18:31-19:27, Jn.11:55-12:11
Sunday, April 9: Mt.21:1-11, Mk.11:1-11, Lk.19:28-44, Jn.12:12-50
Monday, April 10: Mt.21:12-17, Mk.11:12-19, Lk.19:45-48
Tuesday, April 11: Mt.21:18-26:16, minus 26:6-13, which was the Friday before (see Jn.12:1-11). Mk.11:20-14:11, minus 14:3-9, which was the Friday before, (Jn.12:1-11). Lk.20:1-22:6
Silent Wednesday, April 12: Mt.26:17-56, Mk.14:12-52, Lk.22:7-53, Jn.13:1-18:11
Thursday, April 13: Mt.26:57-27:61, Mk.14:53-15:47, Lk.22:54-23:56a, Jn.18:12-19:42
Friday, April 14: Mt.27:62-66, Luke 23:56b
Saturday, April 15: Mk.16:1
Sunday, April 16, and following: Mt.28:1-20, Mk.16:2-20, Lk.24:1-53, Jn.20:1-21:25
There has always been, and exists today, question as to exactly when Jesus and His disciples observed what is called The Last Supper, and hence all the events that followed, up to and including the Crucifixion. I have taken a Wednesday Last Supper, Thursday Crucifixion view. There are other opinions, mostly as to whether the Supper was Thursday, and the Crucifixion on Friday. This matter is of relative unimportance in light of the actual events and their meaning, themselves. So, do not let this be any cause for concern, as the entire matter revolves around 1.) whether there was actually a second, special Sabbath at that time, as might be derived from John 19:31, requiring that both Friday and Saturday to have been Sabbaths; and 2.) whether the meaning of the words concerning Jesus having been buried for three days and three nights must expressly be observed literally.
I have employed a two-Sabbath and literal 3 days and nights position by placing the Supper on Wednesday and the Crucifixion on Thursday. You are free to hold another position on this, as it does not change any of the meaning or significance of what took place on the Cross, or of His coming forth alive from out of the Tomb on Sunday.
There are others who also want to take issue as to when the Resurrection actually took place. Some argue that Jesus rose on the Saturday Sabbath. I’m not at all sure why they think this, as Mark 16:9 explicitly states, “Jesus rose early on the first day of the week.” The Saturday Sabbath is the last day of the week, and Sunday is the first day of the week.
In any case, my purpose was to help enrichen your own Passion Week experience this year, by encouraging you to read of, and meditate upon, the experiences of our Lord, as He went through His week of Passion more than 2,000 years ago for us. It’s what the Book is all about!
May the Lord bless you all!
Harold F Crowell