A Harmony of the Gospels: From the Last Supper to the Tomb

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are four biographies of Jesus. Instead of being four carbon-copy accounts, each could be viewed as a portrait that “paints” Jesus in a particular way.

While each author was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what they wrote, each one emphasized certain details, omitted others, and at times compressed the narrative for reasons God only knows (literally!). So when any given event appears in more than one gospel, it’s a great idea to read each account of it, because in doing so, you’ll get the complete picture.

This is especially true when it comes to the final 24 hours of Jesus’ life. Below is a harmonization of the gospel accounts from the Last Supper to the moment Jesus’ lifeless body was placed in the tomb. You could consider this the all-inclusive or unabridged version of the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life in the actual order that the events happened.

I chose to break the story up into 6 distinct “Acts” because the number 6 represents incompleteness/imperfection. In this way, Act 7 – the Resurrection – completes and perfects the narrative.

I encourage you to grab your favorite Bible and read these Scriptures in the order shown below. Whether you choose to do this over the next several days or all at once, take your time. Don’t rush it. Slowly turn the pages as you flip between each gospel account. Reflect as you read. Pray. And may this narrative come alive to you like never before….

Act 1: The Last Supper

  • Matthew 26:17-20
  • John 13 (all)
  • Matthew 26:26-29

Act 2: From the Upper Room to the Garden of Gethsemane

  • John 14 (all)
  • John 15 (all)
  • John 16 (all)
  • John 17 (all)
  • Luke 22:39-46

Act 3: Betrayal and Arrest

  • John 18:2-11

Act 4: On Trial

  • John 18:12-14,19-23
  • Mark 14:53-72
  • Matthew 27:1-14
  • Luke 23:6-25

Act 5: Crucifixion and Death

  • Matthew 27:27-30
  • John 19:16b-30
  • Mark 15:38-41

Act 6: Burial

  • Luke 23:50-56

***Please join us twice this coming weekend at The Eastside Vineyard Church. Our Good Friday service is Friday April 18th at 7:00pm and our Easter Sunday service is at 10:30am on April 20th. At both there will be worship, communion, and in-depth Bible teaching, and an opportunity to receive 1-on-1 prayer. More info at tevchurch.org***

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About Dan Kopp

In 2010 Dan and Kellie felt the call by God to plant a church somewhere in Macomb County, Michigan. Several months later The Eastside Vineyard Church launched and currently meets inside Shelby Jr. High in Shelby Township. This blog began in the pre-launch phase of the church and has exceeded 50,000 hits. Thanks for reading!
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