The Layman's Gospel Harmony

Period 8 -- To Jerusalem
Five days, late March to early April, 30 AD
From Christ's Triumphant Entry to Jerusalem to The Last Supper

As reported by:

Mark 11:1 - 14:25
Matthew 21:1 - 26:29
Luke 19:29 - 22:30
John 12:12 - 17:26

16,046 KJV Words

The Passion of Jesus the Christ -- No seven days in human history have been more argued over than the seven day holy Feast of Unleavened Bread during which Jesus of Nazareth, the foretold Jewish Christ, was crucified, then to resurrect on the third day. Only the birth narratives of Christ have suffered a greater attack at the hand of would-be counter-theorists.

Modernist perspectives attacking the premise of faith in God which disparage the Passion Week resurrection account as myth and fiction are a given. The Church will go despite such views. However a great injury to the credibility of the classical Christian Passion Week account has come through the centuries from subversive fringe elements within the Church itself.

Counter theories by the score have been based on the fatally flawed presumption that the divine guidance of the writing of the Gospels has been thwarted and perverted by a hand stronger than that of the Godhead. This barn yard of fringe speculation is now driven by ego and monetary agendas combined with a ludicrously anachronistic animus for the medieval Church, as if Luther's reformation had never happened. Seeking to cash in on controversy, modern purveyors of these poorly researched theological misadventures usually attack the fundamental historical structure of the Passion Week: the Thursday Passover and Last Supper, the Good Friday crucifixion, and the third day resurrection of Sunday. Rehashed contemporary variants of these centuries-old attacks blindly persist in challenging the credibility of the Gospels' testimony despite the copious amount of evidence in the Gospel texts themselves. That evidence, when parsed out with unbiased logic on a calendar based time line, reveals that the classical Christian Passion Week declaration remains the most plausible and believable historical order of Christianity's pivotal events upon which a life long faith can be based and shared.

Almost 2,000 years after Christ's resurrection, it is time for Christianity to commit to a new,
advanced standard of understanding of and respect for the Gospels as accurate and reliable
historic accounts. There must be a scholarly, intellectually grounded, faith-based answer
to the cynics and fringe theories which discredit Christian faith before the world. The mission
of The Layman's Gospel Harmony research is to offer classical Christian beliefs a solid
foundational knowledge of the Gospels' historic plausibility upon which a life long spiritual
belief system can flourish and be joyfully shared in the edification of others.

The Layman's Gospel Harmony research makes its most aggressive analysis when scrutinizing the Passion Week accounts to determine if the four stories can be harmonized without contradiction to form a plausible historical time line which conforms to classical Christian declarations. The evidence revealed amounts to a stunning confirmation of classic Christianity's most sacred beliefs.

Unprecedented in its scope and depth of analysis is The Layman's Gospel Harmony's integration of state of the art lunar cycle research with ancient rabbinical texts regarding the sabbatical laws of lunar observation which determined the Jewish calendar months in Christ's time. These findings show the convincingly plausible logic supporting the classic Christian declaration of the Nisan 14 Passover Feast and Last Supper of Thursday leading to the Good Friday crucifixion and the resurrection of the Christ on the third day, Sunday, the first day of the new week.

Based solely on the chronological clues found in the gospel texts, the following graphic visualizes the basic structure of the classical Christian Passion Week account affirmed by The Layman's Gospel Harmony research: