What was going on during the week before the crucifixion?
John tells us in chapter 11 that “the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.” (vs 55)
Chapter 12 starts by letting us know that Jesus also went early.
Six days before the passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. (John 12:1)
Jesus entered Jerusalem on the next day (John 12:12)
That’s what is called the “triumphant entry.” You know the scene: Jesus on the donkey and the people cheering and putting garments and palm branches down in his path. Shouts of Hosanna.
That evening Jesus …went out of the city (Jerusalem) into Bethany; and he lodged there. (Matt 21:17)
Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off. (John 11:18) A furlong is 1/8 of a mile, so Bethany was less than 2 miles from Jerusalem.
Now in the morning as he returned into the city… (Matthew 21:18)
and he taught daily in the temple. (Luke 19:47)
Jesus taught daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him. (Luke 19:47-48)
Jesus stayed in Bethany at least two nights then stayed at the mount of Olives.
And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him. (Luke 21:37-38)
….on one of those days,…Jesus taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel… (Luke 20:1) Wow I never noticed that, he preached the gospel.
And as Jesus sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately… Matthew 24:3
Two days before the Passover (Matthew 26), they made a supper for Jesus in Bethany, and many came. Lazarus sat with Jesus, Martha served and Mary anointed his feet with expensive, fragrant oil and wiped them with her hair. Jesus said she did this for his burial. (John 12:2-8)
Then Jesus ate the Passover supper with his disciples (Matthew 26:17-30), and Judas left to betray Jesus (John 13:21-30).
After the Lord’s Supper, “when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.” (Matthew 26:30)
Judas knew Jesus planned to go to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives (John 18:1-2). It was there that Jesus prayed (Matthew 26:36-46). It was there that Judas brought the “”great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people” to arrest Jesus (Matthew 26:47-56). His hurried trial took place during the night and early morning. And he was crucified that day.