This covers the period from when Jesus entered Jerusalem on the donkey (Palm Sunday), through the last supper, praying in Gethsemane, His betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion and death, then being resurrected early on the following Sunday, which is called Resurrection or Easter Sunday (Mt 21:1-28:1; Mk 11:1-16:1; Lk 19:29-24:1; Jn 12:12-20:1).
Aren’t you glad Jesus went to the cross for you?
but deserted Him at the time of His greatest need for support in spite of their promises to remain – although some of the disciples together numerous followers were at His crucifixion (Mk 9:31,32, 10:32-34, 14:27-41,66-71, 15:40,41; Jn 19:26). Those He loved and came to save inflicted His suffering, yet this was God’s plan, so that through His voluntary sacrifice we might come into right relationship, even though the Father temporarily abandoned the Son, because sin separates from a holy God (Isa 53:10; Mt 27:46).
The passion of Christ was His suffering on the cross so we had the opportunity to be redeemed.
His suffering was completed and found its meaning and purpose in His death – Christ, in love, bearing the death penalty for all humanity that would avail themselves of His substitutionary sacrifice. Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God (Gal 3:13; 1 Pet 2:24, 3:18). By looking beyond the cross to the joy of having redeemed sinners in eternity enabled Him to endure the intense agony (Heb 12:2).