Good Friday Celebrations meets the Christians!
Notably, Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. Whereas, it is observed and celebrated from all corners of the world by Christians and true believers of Christ. Especially during the Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on Friday preceding Easter Sunday.
Important to realize, members of many Christian denominations do observe the Easter Holiday or Easter Celebrations. A Holy Easter Weekend that starts on Good Friday up until Easter Monday. Including, the Anglican, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, Oriental Orthodox, and Reformed traditions. Not forgetting, they all observe Good Friday with fasting and other related church services.
Q. Why do we call it a Good Friday?
1. The leading Events Outcome
Well, the story doesn’t end with the Crucifixion. According to Christian traditions, Christ rose from the grave three days later. Triumphing over death and in so doing forgiving all believers of their sins. Not forgetting, that’s what Christians celebrate on Easter. Therefore, Good Friday is only good because we know how the story ends.
In other words, it ends with the forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal salvation. Whereas, without the Crucifixion, there is no resurrection. Equally, without the sacrifice of Christ, there is no salvation. And, without Good Friday, there is no Easter.
2. The Death and Rising of Jesus Christ
To enumerate, it is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Whereas, according to the Bible, the son of God was flogged and ordered to carry the cross. Not to mention, on which he would be crucified and then put to death. It’s difficult to see what is “good” about it.
On Good Friday, Catholics commemorate the Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. In general, with a special service recalling the Passion of Christ. As an example, in the U.S., Roman Catholic believers are encouraged to attend church on Good Friday but are not obligated.
The beginning of Easter Festivity
On one hand, the date of Good Friday varies from one year to the next. Especially on both the Gregorian and Julian calendars. Whereas, Eastern and Western Christianity disagree over the computation of the date of Easter and therefore of Good Friday.
On the other hand, Good Friday is a widely instituted legal holiday around the world. Including in most Western countries and 12 U.S. states. Some countries, such as Germany, have laws prohibiting certain acts. Such as, dancing and horse racing, that are seen as profaning the solemn nature of the day.
Events leading to the Good Friday
1. Judas Betrayed Jesus
According to the accounts in the Gospels, the royal soldiers, guided by Jesus’ disciple Judas Iscariot, arrested Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas received money (30 pieces of silver) (Matthew 26:14–16) for betraying Jesus and told the guards that whomever he kisses is the one they are to arrest.
2. Jesus was arrested
Following his arrest, Jesus was taken to the house of Annas, the father-in-law of the high priest, Caiaphas. There he was interrogated with little result and sent bound to Caiaphas the high priest where the Sanhedrin had assembled (John 18:1–24).
3. The Bigwig Testimony
Conflicting testimony against Jesus was brought forth by many witnesses. To which Jesus answered nothing. Finally, the high priest adjured Jesus to respond under solemn oath, saying “I adjure you, by the Living God, to tell us, are you the Anointed One, the Son of God?” Jesus testified ambiguously.
4. Peter Denied Jesus three times
“You have said it, and in time you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty, coming on the clouds of Heaven.” The high priest condemned Jesus for blasphemy, and the Sanhedrin concurred with a sentence of death (Matthew 26:57–66).
Peter, waiting in the courtyard, also denied Jesus three times to bystanders while the interrogations were proceeding just as Jesus had predicted.
5. Jesus was Sentenced to Crucifixion
According to Roman custom, Jesus was beaten and crucified, which was a form of both torture and execution. Inasmuch as it was meant to instill fear in any who would oppose the Roman rule. To mock Jesus for his reputation as a revolutionary leader of the Jews, Roman soldiers made him a crown of thorns and crucified him under a sign reading ‘Jesus of Nazarene, King of the Jews‘. At the end of that day, the Christian Gospels say darkness fell over the entire land and Jesus Christ died.
Bible verses relating to Good Friday
Important to realize, Good Friday takes place today ever Friday annually amidst the month of April. Making it a great day to share Biblical traditions. In addition to the teachings and the ways of Christ.
Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday and Black Friday encourage various activities. Including, communal gatherings, the way of the cross creed, prayers, fasting, and even almsgiving. Here are some of the Bible Quotes to help commemorate Good Friday. Such as;
1. Isaiah 52:13
“See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.”
2. Psalm 31
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.”
3. I Peter, 2:24
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
4. John 11:25-26
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’”
5. John 3:16
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.”
Celebrating the Good Friday Festivals
We may say that; on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Saviour’s crucifixion. Meaning, by the cross we, too, are crucified with Christ; but alive in Christ. We are no more rebels, but servants; no more servants, but sons!
Notably, the cross was two pieces of dead wood; and a helpless, unresisting Man was nailed to it. Yet it was mightier than the world, and triumphed, and will ever triumph over it. Further, the basic forms of the cross are the Latin cross (with unequal arms) (✝) and the Greek cross (✚) (with equal arms). Besides, numerous variants, partly with confessional significance. Such as the tau cross, the double-barred cross, triple-barred cross, cross-and-crosslets, and many heraldic variants. Including, the cross potent, cross pattée, cross moline, cross Fleury, etc.
Q. What is the most important holiday in Christian traditions?
A lot of people may say Christmas, on which Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. But actually, that’s not it. As a matter of fact, the most important Christian Holiday is actually Easter. In particular, celebrating the resurrection of Christ, the miracle upon which the Christian faith was founded.
However, Easter is not an isolated event. As can be seen, most Christian churches celebrate various moments leading up to Easter as well. Now, Christians celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. That means the date of Easter, and its preceding events, change every year, but not in relation to each other.
One of the most important of the preceding events is Good Friday. Generally, the day on which Christ was crucified, celebrated the Friday before Easter Sunday.
Why Christians call such a Dark Day ‘Good Friday’
1. The Holy Wednesday
To understand that, we’re going to have to talk a little theology. Perhaps, the Christian faith is based around the story of Christ’s crucifixion, which occurs in a series of stages. We start on the Wednesday before Easter, called Holy Wednesday.
According to the Christian scriptures, Christ’s disciple named Judas Iscariot agreed to betray Jesus Christ. Surprisingly, turning him over to the Jewish High Priests for a reward. On the next day, called Maundy Thursday, Christ and the disciples gathered together to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover. After this meal, generally referred to as the Last Supper, Judas betrayed Christ, who was arrested. That brings us to Good Friday.
2. The Good Friday
Generally speaking, this day commemorates the day after the Last Supper. According to the Christian Gospel, Jesus was sent before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Whereas, Pontius Pilate found no reason to punish Jesus and told the Jewish priests to punish him by Jewish laws.
The priests insisted that Jesus had broken Roman law, so Pilate went to King Herod of the Hebrew people. Herod too sent Jesus back to Pilate, who (literally) washed his hands of the affair and gave in to the demands of the Jewish priests to execute Jesus. Below is the full enactment video leading to the events of Good Friday Festivities. Please, watch and share with others who might find this information useful.
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- The jmexclusives: Lifetime Inspirations and Motivations Daily.
- Study.com; What is Good Friday? – Meaning & Traditions.
- Good Friday: Wikipedia Knowledgebase.