Good Friday Timeline

Mark Vroegop

Good Friday Timeline

As we remember the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday, I find a timeline is helpful. Seeing the times, events, and scripture references make this historical event more vivid and personal.

All three congregations of College Park (NorthIndy, Fishers, and Castleton) will gather tonight at 7 PM to mark this eternity-altering moment.

As you prepare your heart for today’s remembrance, perhaps this timeline from Russ Ramsey will help direct your heart toward worship throughout the day:

Here’s a timeline of the events as they possibly unfolded on that first Good Friday, with corresponding Scripture references. Times are approximate.

4:00 to 6:00 a.m.

Jesus’s trial before Annas and Caiaphas.

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

6:00 to 8:00 a.m.

Jesus’s 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 27:1–26Mark 15:1–15Luke 23:1–25John 18:28–19:16)

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

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

(Matthew 27:27–32Mark 15:16–22Luke 23:26–33John 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 27:35Luke 23:33John 19:18–22)

9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

The soldiers divide Jesus’s clothing. He prays for them.

(Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24Luke 23:34John 19:23–24)

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

The soldiers watch over the crucifixion and mock Jesus: “He can’t save himself. Come down from there, Son of God.”

(Matthew 27:36–43Mark 15:29–32Luke 23:35–38)

11:00 a.m. to Noon

Jesus speaks from the cross to the thieves on either side. The repentant thief asks Jesus to remember him, and Jesus promises, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” And to his mother, Mary, and to John, Jesus says, “Woman, here is your son. . . . John, here is your mother.’”

(Matthew 27:38–44Luke 23:39–43John 19:25–27)


A three-hour darkness descends upon the land: “When the sixth hour had come, there was a darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.”

(Matthew 27:45Mark 15:33)

Noon to 3:00 p.m.

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

(Matthew 27:51–54Mark 15:38Luke 23:45Matthew 27:46–50Mark 15:33–37Luke 23:35–38John 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 27:46Mark 15:34–39Luke 23:46John 19:30)