How could things deteriorate so quickly in twenty-four hours? From a banquet to a burial The dark shadow of the executioner's cross sliced across that unforgettable day. A tragic day -- yet planned by a sovereign God. Watch anew as Jesus prays his prayer of submission to the Father's will, as he passes through the sting of betrayal, as he faces undaunted the inhumane and hateful treatment, and as he speaks unexpected last words that leave a legacy of love. Walk with Jesus from the garden to the tomb, to that first Easter morning, the dawning of hope and joy. For the shadow of the cross is the anguished prelude to the best news you will ever hear: ""He is risen Randal Earl Denny is the late pastor of Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene in Spokane, Washington. He was Editor of 'Preacher's Magazine' as well as a prolific writer of hundreds of articles and numerous books including 'Alive and Well' and 'Growing Into Your Crown'.