Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

The Final Days of Jesus


Every year as Easter starts to come round I think about what book I'd like to study to prepare my mind and heart to celebrate all that Father, Son, and Spirit accomplished in the resurrection. This year I am particularly thrilled about a new book, just out, by Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor.

Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology, Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry, says this:

“Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor provide a simple yet eloquent survey of the final week of Jesus’s life. This is a wonderful resource for individuals, families, and fellowships to learn more about the Easter story, the greatest story ever told.”

And here is a helpful description of this new tome, as well as a free study guide (!) from the publisher, Crossway Books:

Walk With Jesus During His Last Week on Earth

March 29, AD 33. On this fateful day, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem and boldly predicted that he would soon be put to death—executed on a cross, like a common criminal. So began the most important week of the most important person who ever lived.

Nearly 2,000 years later, the events that took place during Jesus’s last days still reverberate through the ages. Designed as a day-by-day guide to Passion Week, The Final Days of Jesus leads us to re-examine and meditate on the history-making, earth-shaking significance of Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion, and empty tomb. 

Combining a chronological arrangement of the Gospel accounts with insightful commentary, charts, and maps, this book will help you better understand what actually happened all those years ago . . . and why it matters today.

Download the Free Study Guide for Lent

To help you remember and celebrate Christ’s final days, we’ve created a free study guidedesigned for families, small groups, or Sunday school classes.

We suggest first reading the relevant Scripture passage and the accompanying commentary inThe Final Days of Jesus, and then turning to the discussion questions contained in the study guide—questions designed to spark discussion, personal reflection, and practical application.

Starting this Sunday, it will be available on our church resource table. I highly commend you pick up or order a copy for yourself, family, and friends. And there is even more encouraging news: a video series will be available during Passion Week (you can view the preview below).

May the praise and worship of King Jesus increase as you consider this year all he accomplished, in love, for the world!

A Video Series for Passion Week

Finally, stay tuned for a unique video series related to the book that we’ll be posting during Passion Week (April 13-20)!

Check out a preview for the series below:

A Good Temptation...

Why We Exist