Bible Reading Plan for Easter

Apr. 15, 2019 by Adriana Thompson

Bible Reading

As you prepare for the coming week of celebration, read through the amazing accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Last Supper

Before His crucifixion, Jesus celebrated Passover, referred to as the Last Supper, with His disciples. During this time, Jesus reveals that Judas, one of the twelve disciples, will betray Him. He also predicts that Peter, one of the twelve disciples, will deny Him. In the Gospel of John, the events of the last supper are shared through five chapters.

  • Matthew 26
  • Mark 14
  • Luke 22
  • John 13-17

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

Although Peter claims that he would lay down his life for Christ, Jesus predicts that Peter will deny Him three times before the rooster crows.

  • Matthew 26
  • Mark 14
  • Luke 22
  • John 13

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

After the Last Supper, Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives with three of His disciples. As they were supposed to keep watch (they fell asleep), Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane.

  • Matthew 26
  • Mark 14
  • Luke 22
  • John 18

Jesus Arrested, Sent Before the Sanhedrin and Pilate

On the Mount of Olives, Jesus and His disciples are met by Judas the betrayer who brought a large, armed crowd sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders. They arrest Jesus and bring Him before the Sanhedrin and before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor.

  • Matthew 26-27
  • Mark 14-15
  • Luke 22-23
  • John 18-19

Jesus Crucified

Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross so that we may be forgiven of all our sins. He bore our sins and incurred the wrath of God that we deserve. Jesus’ words on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30), marked the change of everything. At that moment, He obtained salvation for all who believe in Him as Lord and Savior.

  • Matthew 27
  • Mark 15
  • Luke 23
  • John 19

He is alive!

We praise God that the account of Jesus’ time on earth doesn’t end at the tomb. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead.

Women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with spices (a Jewish custom). To their surprise, the tomb was empty. And to the great rejoicing of all creation, the angel at the tomb told them, “He is not here; he has risen” (Luke 24:6).

  • Matthew 28
  • Mark 16
  • Luke 24
  • John 20

Between Jesus’ Resurrection and His Ascension

Before Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after rising from the dead, Jesus appears to the disciples, He gives the great commission (to go into all the world and preach the gospel), and He reinstates Peter.

  • Matthew 28
  • Mark 16
  • Luke 24
  • John 20

May you read through the Gospel accounts and reflect on the greatest gift God offers us all — salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. And remember the words of Jesus before He ascended: “... And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” -Matthew 28:20.

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