Posted by: pmarkrobb | April 5, 2012

Good Friday timeline

The following is an estimated timeline of Good Friday in the “last” week of Jesus based on research I have done.  This has been extremely meaningful in my observance of Good Friday.  I trust you will find it meaningful as well.

Thursday (our definition of the day)
Passover Seder – Jesus and his disciples
Garden of Gethsemane

Confrontation in the garden; Jesus arrested.
Trial 1: Annas, former Jewish High Priest for 16 years; Jesus receives initial physical abuse.
Trial 2: Current Jewish High Priest, Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin Court; Jesus bloodied by abuse.
Imprisonment at Caiaphas’ palace.
Trial 3: All the Jewish elders, including the High Priest, scribes and whole Sanhedrin. They decide to ask the Roman government to kill Jesus.
Trial 4: Hearing before Roman governor Pilate, who declares, “I find no guilt in this man.”
Trial 5: Hearing before Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great who had jurisdiction over Galilee; Jesus refused to answer any questions so Herod returned him quickly to Pilate.
Trial 6: Pilate repeatedly tried to release Jesus but the Jewish leaders continued to object. Pilate physically tortured and beat Jesus beyond recognition seeking to satisfy the Jewish leaders. However, the Jews still demanded that Jesus be crucified. Pilate resists but eventually gives the order to execute Jesus.
Pilate’s Roman soldiers take Jesus into the court (“Praetorium”) and continue to mock and torture him, including driving the “crown” of thorns into his skull.
Jesus forced to carry his own cross to Golgotha; Crucifixion
Jesus hangs on the cross for 3 hours separated from his Father.
Jesus dies.
before sundown
Jesus is buried.

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