The Week of Easter – Days 5 & 6

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Easter Days 5 & 6 are full of significant events.   There isn’t a moment of rest for the Savior as he is nearing the end of his ministry here on Earth.

The Scriptural accounts are as follows:

Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus as he plots with the Chief Priests. (Matt. 26: 14-16)
Christ tells the apostles where to find a place so they can have the Passover meal.  (Mark 14:13-16). After they secure the place they have the meal in the evening and at the Passover meal Christ revealed that Judas Iscariot was the apostle to betray Him. (Matt. 26: 21-25)
At the Passover meal Christ institutes the Sacrament, then He leaves them and goes to a place He visits often, the Garden of Gethsemane.  This is where He does the most important task He will ever do in the history of time, as He atones for the sins and transgressions of the world. (Matt. 26: 26-46)
After this emotionally and physically exhausting trial, He sees Judas coming with guards and chief priests to take Him away. (Matt. 26:47)  Judas ultimately betrays Christ with a kiss. (Matt. 26:49)

On the Sixth day of Easter week is when Christ is tried among various leaders to try to prove that He is guilty of something.  Although He is guilty of none of the things they accused Him of, He was still sentenced to death. (Matt. 27:24-25)

Next He is taken like a lamb to the slaughter.  Christ is beaten, scourged, spit on, has a crown of thorns placed on His head, and then expected to walk up to Golgotha where nails are driven into His hands.  There He is drawn up on a cross for the world to see His ultimate sacrifice.
As He is dying on the cross, His first concern is not Himself.  His heart if full as He asks for forgiveness for the roman soldiers, as He asks John to take care of His mother, as He talks to the robbers that are crucified next to Him.  He still is full of compassion and love even though He is in so much pain.
After Christ yields up the ghost, a rich man named Joseph of Arimathaea goes to Pilate and begs for the body of Christ.  Joseph was one of Christs disciples.  He took the body, wrapped it in clean linen cloth, lay Christ in his own new tomb, and rolled a great stone to the door.  Then he left Him.  (Matt. 27: 57-60)
Easter day 5 & 6
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