Good Friday

Good Friday Devotion

Matthew 27:1-62; Mark 15:1-47; Luke 22:63- 23:56; John 18:28-19:37

Holy Week takes a most somber turn on Friday. Our Lord is intensely aware of what is to come. Below is a timeline of events as they likely unfolded on that first Good Friday, as seen in Scriptures. I would encourage you to upload each event in your digital calendar and set reminders to sound throughout the day. While the times are approximate, the treacherous events of the day are actual. Remember, for the Jewish people, the first hour of the day was 6:00AM.

4:00AM to 6:00AM: Jesus’ trial before Annas and Caiaphas (Mt. 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:66-70; John 18:12-28)

6:00AM to 8:00AM: Jesus’ trial before Pilate and Herod (Mt. 27:1-26; Mark 15:1-15; Luke 23:1-25; John 18:28-19:16)

8:00AM to 8:30AM: Jesus carries the cross up Golgotha’s Hill, with the help of Simon of Cyrene (Mt. 27:27; Mark 15:16-22; Luke 23:26-33; John 19:16-17)

9:00AM: Crucifixion, on the third hour of the day (Mt. 27:35; Luke 23:33; John 19:18-22)

9:00AM to 9:30AM: The soldiers split Jesus’ clothing as he prays for them (Mt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23-24)

9:30AM to 11:00AM: The soldiers mock Jesus as they watch over him. Chants of “he can’t save himself” can be heard loudly from those in the crowd (Mt. 27:36-43; Mark 15:29-32; Luke 23:35-38)

11:00AM to Noon​: Jesus speaks to the thieves on the cross (Mt. 27:38-44; Luke 23:39-43; John 19:25-27)

Noon: Darkness descends on the land for three hours (Mt. 27:45; Mark 15:33)

Noon to 3:00PM: Jesus is thirsty, the ground quakes, the temple veil is torn (Mt. 27:51-54; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45; Mt. 27:46-50; Mark 15:33-37; Luke 23:35-38; John 19:29)

3:00PM: Jesus dies and says with a loud cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt. 27:46; Mark 15:34-39; Luke 34:46; John 19:30)

After these events, the soldiers thrust a spear into Jesus’ side and he is carried to the borrowed tomb, given to him by Joseph of Arimathea. The grave is now sealed, with a large stone covering the mouth of the tomb. As you contemplate the events of this Good Friday, ask yourself, “What makes Good Friday “good?”

The cross makes Good Friday “good”.

Modern man finds the cross to be offensive. Yet, a bloodless cross is a powerless cross. When we strip the cross of its blood and remove critical aspects of it, such as penal substitutionary atonement (God’s wrath placed on His Son as punishment against sin), we empty it of its power. We must come by way of the cross. You will never walk into the presence of God on a road paved by your own goodness and righteousness. If you come before God, you will walk on a road built by the work of Christ on the cross and stained with his precious blood. The way to God has always been through Jesus’ blood. Our confidence is the cross.