A Timeline of Jesus Christ's Final Days on Earth

Ashley S. Johnson

Below is summary of the events surrounding the last days of Jesus on the earth. 

The Holy Spirit Promised

Jesus promised the Apostles the Holy Spirit, assuring them that He would: 

The Last Supper

On the night of his betrayal, Jesus instituted a supper to be kept in memory of him--his death and sufferings (Matthew 26:26-30). It was designed: 

  • to keep Him enshrined in the hearts of His disciples to the end of time; 
  • to proclaim His death until he comes again (1 Corinthians 11:23-29).

Agony in the Garden

After the supper Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane where, under the mighty weight of the world's sins, He cried to His Father to let the cup of sorrow and suffering pass, but expressed his willingness to submit to the terrible ordeal (Luke 22:39-46). 


Jesus was betrayed by one of His Apostles, Judas Iscariot (Luke 22:47). 

His Trial

The trial of Jesus was the most consummate farce in the annals of the world. He was carried from court to court (Matthew 26:5-75; Luke 23:1-12), and finally condemned to die without the establishment of a single charge against Him (Luke 23:13-26). 


Jesus was crucified between two malefactors, forsaken of God and man (Luke 23:27-48). 

Sayings on the Cross

The utterances of Jesus on the cross were: 

Jesus Christ's Death

Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (Romans 5:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:24). 

Burial and Resurrection

He was buried in the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea (Mark 15:43-47), and raised again for our justification (Mark 16:1-8; Romans 4:25). 

His Incredulous Apostles

The apostles of Jesus received the news of the resurrection with incredulity--as idle tales (Luke 24:10)

Appearances After the Resurrection

After Jesus arose again He spent forty days on earth, demonstrating His identity by infallible proofs, and He instructed His apostles in the things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:1-3). He was seen by:

The Ascension

After Jesus had committed the words of reconciliation to the apostles (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). He led them out as far as Bethany, blessed them and ascended to His Father's right hand (Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:9-11).

Article adapted from the Condensed Biblical Encyclopedia (public domain), written in 1896 by Ashley S. Johnson, founder of Johnson Bible College, was and is designed for busy people who wish to increase their knowledge of the oracles of God.