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GOOD FRIDAY timeline

4:00 to 6:00 a.m.

Jesus’ trial before Annas and Caiaphas.

(Matthew 26:57–68; Mark 14:53-65; Luke 22:66–70; John 18:12–28)

6:00 to 8:00 a.m.

Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate and Herod. Jesus appears before Pilate, is sent over to Herod, and then back to Pilate where He is sentenced to be crucified.

(Matthew 27:1–26; Mark 15:1–15; Luke 23:1–25; John 18:28–19:16)

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

Jesus carries His cross, with Simon of Cyrene’s help, to Golgotha.

(Matthew 27:27–32; Mark 15:16–22; Luke 23:26–33; John 19:16–17)

9:00 a.m. (Crucifixion)

Jesus is crucified: “It was the third hour” (Mark 15:25). For the Jewish people, the first hour of the day was 6:00 a.m.

(Matthew 27:35; Luke 23:33; John 19:18–22)

Noon to 3:00 p.m.

The earth quakes, the temple curtain is torn, and Jesus thirsts.

(Matthew 27:51–54; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45; Matthew 27:46–50; Mark 15:33–37; Luke 23:35–38; John 19:29)

3:00 p.m.

Jesus dies: “At the ninth hour, Jesus cried out, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’” “Jesus said, ‘It is finished,’ and He gave up His spirit.”

(Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34–39; Luke 23:46; John 19:30)


After this, before night set in, the soldiers thrust a spear into Jesus side to make sure He was dead. They then permitted Joseph of Arimathea to take down Jesus’ body and bury Him in a nearby grave.

They sealed the grave with a large round stone built to roll like a giant wheel into place, covering the mouth of the tomb.