Good Friday: Holy Week Scripture Readings


Matthew 26:69-75
Mark 15:1-22
Luke 23:32-43
John 19:25-27
Luke 23:44-45
John 19:28-30
Luke 23:46-47
John 19:38-42
Luke 23:55-56
Isaiah 53

Friday was horrific!  The only reason it could be called good is because it was on this day that the Lamb of God was sacrificed to make atonement for your sin and for mine. Hebrews 9:22 states emphatically: Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. It was on Friday that Jesus shed His blood for our forgiveness.

On His way to the Cross, He was subjected to three religious trials: one before Annas the former High Priest, one before Caiaphas the acting High Priest, and one before the full Sanhedrin. He then was put through three Roman trials; one before Pilate the Roman Governor, one before Herod the Galilean king, then back to Pilate.

In a moment we will pick up our story with Mark’s summary of the Roman trials, but first, let’s take a moment to consider a drama that played out during the religious trials of Jesus. While Jesus was being slapped, spit upon, and mocked inside the Palace of the High Priest, outside:


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