A Detailed Timeline Of Good Friday

So below, you will see a timeline of all the events that happened on this day in history. Friday was a very long day in the life of Jesus. Believers have called this day Good Friday. And this time each year, reading and remembering these events is good for us. (This might be an excellent tradition to establish if you have yet to do so.)

But the question that will come to your mind when you skim over the timeline and verses is this — "What makes this day so good?"

And to answer this question, we have to look beyond the events of this day. We must look beyond what people are doing to Jesus and see what Jesus is doing. But to see what Jesus is doing, we need to reference four other scriptures. These scriptures describe in great detail the story behind the story. They reveal a divine plan that was far greater than man's plan. And they tell us why this day is so good.

First, Romans 3:23:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. — Romans 3:23

Second Galatians 3:13:

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” — Galatians 3:13

Third Colossians 2:14:

[God] By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This [God] set aside, nailing it to the cross. — Colossians 2:14

Fourth 2 Corinthians 5:21:

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. — 2 Corinthians 5:21

Now let's put these four incredible scriptures together into one complete idea. An idea that describes the divine plan God had on this day and what Jesus was doing, which makes it so good.

Jesus, on this day in history, took all our self-glorifying sin that despises God and bore it on his body. At the moment Jesus was laid down and nailed to that cross, God was nailing all our sins onto Jesus's sinless body. Jesus was unjustly sentenced, beaten, tortured, mocked, and nailed naked to a cross for my sin and yours. If we look exclusively at the historical timeline of events on this day, we will miss it. We will only see what sinful men were doing to Jesus. But simultaneously, there was a divine plot being revealed. Something unseen and supernatural was unfolding at the same time. Jesus was redeeming sinners. He was lifting the curse by hanging as a curse on a tree for you and me. In doing so, he paid the penalty and canceled our debt. One sinless man purchased the debt of our sin by becoming sin so we might know the righteousness of God.

Now, if a person doesn't believe they are a sinner, they will look at this day with great confusion. They will only see the injustice of it and marvel at why we call this day "Good." But for me, a man who knows I am a sinner. I look at this day differently because I have done nothing but sin and deserve punishment for it. I see what Jesus did as glorious. Today is the day a sinless man paid the penalty for my sin that I might know the righteousness of God. Have a blessed Good Friday.

The Timeline By Hour

6:00 AM - Zero Hour
Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate. (Matthew 27:11-14; Mark 15:2-5; Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-37)
Jesus Sent To Herod. (Luke 23:6-12)

7:00 AM - The First Hour
Jesus Returned To Pilate. (Luke 23:11)
Jesus Sentenced To Die. (Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:23-24; John 19:16)

8:00 AM -  The Second Hour
Jesus Led To Calvary. (Matthew 27:32-34; Mark 15:21-24; Luke 23:26-31; John 19:16-17)

9:00 AM - The Third Hour
Jesus Is Crucified. (Mark 15:25)
Father Forgive Them. (Luke 23:34)
Cast Lots for Jesus's Clothing. (Mark 15:24)

10:00 AM - The Fourth Hour
Jesus Is Insulted. (Matthew 27:39-40)
Priests And Teachers Mock Jesus. (Mark 15:31)
Soldiers Mocked Jesus. (Luke 23:36-37)
Criminal Insults Jesus. (Luke 23:39)

11:00 AM - The Fifth Hour
Jesus And The Criminal. (Luke 23:40-43)
Jesus Speaks To Mary And John. (John 19:26-27)

NOON - The Sixth Hour
Darkness Covers The Land. (Mark 15:33)

1:00 PM - The Seventh Hour
Jesus Cries Out To The Father. (Matthew 27:46)
Jesus Is Thirsty. (John 19:28-29)

2:00 PM - The Eighth Hour
It Is Finished. (John 19:30)
Into Your Hands, I Commit My Spirit. (Luke 23:46)

3:00 PM - The Ninth Hour
Events After Jesus's Death.
The Earthquake and the Temple Veil Is Torn. (Matthew 27:51-52)
The Centurion Believes. (Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:47)
The Soldiers Break the Thieves' Legs. (John 19:31-33)
The Soldier Pierced Jesus's Side. (John 19:34)
Jesus is Laid in the Tomb. (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42)

13 thoughts on “Timeline Of Events On Good Friday

  1. Ron says:

    This death was a “Choice” an Act of Love that is beyond any thought process I possess…. Thank God/Jesus/Holy Spirit!!

  2. Ruben T Garcia Sr says:

    without Jesus I would be so lost. Thank you, Lord, for sending your Son to take my place on the cross. What a glorious day this will be.

  3. Eddie says:

    Praise the Holy Redeemer who suffered and overcome death. Thank you Lord Jesus for love us.

    Great devotional Vince.
    I ask God to continue giving you wisdom and strength on your ministry for His glory. Peace from our Lord to you.

  4. Greg Fuson says:

    Thank you for this devo this morning! Thank you Jesus for dying for me and I do not take that for granted.

  5. Trent says:

    Yes. The timeliness. The message. The day. GOD IS GOOD and my tears profess the sincerity and depth of my love and faith so today I do not feel ashamed to be a man letting a tear roll down his cheek. Thank you Jesus for that day. For this day. And for the opportunity to be yours.

  6. Greg says:

    I am in awe of Jesus love. He only asks I believe in His life, as a propitiation for my sin.
    Lord, I pray for all the men here, that we know this truth firmly, and with that wonderful knowledge, we affect our spheres of influence. May our lives be a sweet aroma to You and ALL that we come in contact with.
    Thank you Vince for this timeline of events that encapsulates our Lord’s passion for you and me.

  7. Bill Adams says:

    Vince , you nailed it, just as all of us did when we believed. It being our sinful nature. A nature without conscious . Praise God for His redemption and grace.

    • Richard Gady says:

      Many years ago I was at a checkout line picking up items for the Easter Sunday family meal plan. The young girl at the register asked what is so good about Good Friday. At that moment I found it difficult to stop and answer her question. I was not prepared. My thoughts were distracted with my own needs and plans.

      There are no words to describe the only one that was not distracted on Good Friday was Jesus. By his grace I am saved.

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