An RTÉ Special Report

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Actor and Cambridge theology graduate, Hugh Bonneville, tells the story of the week that changed the world – the last six days of Jesus' life.

Watch the full programme 20:00 1st April RTÉ ONE.

Sunday – Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem

“Behold your king comes to you. He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding upon an ass.” - Zechariah 9:9

Video: Jesus entering on a donkey © Lumos

Monday - Visit to the Temple

“It is written, thy house shall be called the house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.” - Matthew 21:13

Video: Jesus in the Temple © Lumos

Tuesday - Jesus’ preaches

"The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching." - Mark 11:18

Video: Jesus’ preaching © Lumos

Spy Wednesday

"Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over." - Matthew 26:14

Thursday - The Betrayal by Judas

“While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, 'The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.'” - Matthew 26:47

Video: Gethsamane © Lumos

Friday – Pilate’s Judgement

“So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, 'I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.'” - Matthew 27:24

Video: Pilate © Lumos

Death on the cross

"The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate: "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that 'this man claimed to be king of the Jews.'” Pilate answered, 'What I have written, I have written.'” - John 19:21-22

Crucifixion © Lumos