Good Friday Bible Verses

There are few days more important to the Christian religion as Good Friday, also known as Black Friday. This page lists the relevant Bible verses that describe the final hours of Jesus passion. These scripture quotes could be used to arrange the reading portion of your worship service or personal devotions on that day.

The links in this chart below point to the ESV Study Bible online.

Event Matthew Mark Luke John
Friday Betrayal and arrest (after midnight?) 26:47–56 14:43–52 22:47–53 18:2–12
Jewish trial:
—before Annas 18:13–24
—before Caiaphas and part of the Sanhedrin 26:57–75 14:53–72 22:54–65 18:19–24
—before full Sanhedrin(after sunrise?) 27:1–2 15:1 22:66–71
Roman trials:
—before Pilate 27:2–14 15:2–5 23:1–5
—before Herod 23:6–12
—before Pilate 27:15–26 15:6–15 23:13–25 18:28–19:16
Crucifixion (approx. 9:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) 27:27–54 15:16–39 23:26–49 19:16–37
Burial (evening) 27:57–61 15:42–47 23:50–54 19:38–42

You Destroy — I Will Raise

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19 ESV)

There was no hesitation in his voice and his words were blunt. On Good Friday, it was us against him. This was mankind’s ultimate outburst of evil, our desperate attempt to seize the throne of heaven. God’s presence was among us and we cried, “Tear it down.”

Destruction is our human obsession. We destroy the innocence of children. We destroy the beauty of nature. We destroy our own souls. All the while the Devil makes sport of our suffering.

Here is where pride makes us into fools. There is nothing our hands can break that he can’t restore. Our dark reign will cease and the Prince of Dawn will turn back our gains in a moment. His body was just the beginning.

What we destroy … he will raised up anew.