Tracing Holy Week: Friday, With a Timestamp

Here are the Bible passages for this moment in history: Matthew 27.1-2; Mark 15.1; Luke 22.66-23.1; and then Matthew 27.3-10; and then Matthew 27.11-14; Mark 15.2-5; Luke 23.2-7; John 18.28-40; and then Luke 23.8-12; and then  Matthew 27.15-26; Mark 15.6-15; Luke 23.13-25; John 19.1-16a; and then Matthew 27.27-56; Mark 15.16-41; Luke 23.26-49; John 19.16b-37; and finally John 19.38-42; Matthew 27.57-61; Mark 15.42-47; Luke 23.50-56. You can read all of the Holy Week portions of the Bible in this document, Tracing Holy Week Through Scripture.

Jesus dies at 3:00pm. As if on schedule. 

What a strange figure for the Holy Spirit to include in Scripture. When studying the Old Testament it is terribly frustrating to have so few dates and times. When did Noah begin ark construction? When was the flood of floods? When was Abraham called? When was the Exodus? When was the last day of the Conquest? When did the final judge or deliverer die? And, while we’re on the topic, a date for Creation would be a remarkably handy figure to have a record for. Placing that moment on a timeline would surely be just the catalyst to bring scientifically-minded skeptics into the faith. Right?

We don’t have a lot of specific chronological moments in the Bible. We have enough, for sure. The Holy Spirit has not left us lacking. But at the ninth hour Jesus cried out His last sentence in His pre-glorification body. At 3:00. Or maybe 3:01 is closer to the actual moment, allowing time to utter that final sentence under the strain of a lethargic diaphragm, blood-encrusted skin, and parched throat. Maybe 3:02.

In an era in which every event is timestamped, we should pay special attention to the fact that the time of the death of Jesus makes Him worthy of our attention. He is the Word made flesh who entered space and time, and His death has a timestamp that is recorded forever, archived, accessible, confirmed. And this archival data is more than, but certainly not less than, other archival data. The timestamp means that He cannot be locked into the past. The data was recorded. Look, the data is right here. And He is right here, too.

Join us this evening, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, for our Good Friday service. Details.