Christians Mark Good Friday In Memory Of Jesus Death

Christians around the world today commemorate Good Friday which signifies the day of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday.

The day is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

The date of the holiday on the Gregorian calendar varies from one year to the next, and there is disagreement about its calculation. It is a widely instituted statutory holiday around the world.

According to the accounts in the Gospels, the Temple Guards, guided by Jesus’ disciple Judas Iscariot, arrested Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Judas received money (30 pieces of silver) for betraying Jesus and told the guards that whomever he kisses is the one they are to arrest.

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. That’s according to the Gospel.

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.

In the morning, the whole assembly brought Jesus to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate under charges of subverting the nation, opposing taxes to Caesar, and making himself a king

Pilate authorized the Jewish leaders to judge Jesus according to their own law and execute sentencing; however, the Jewish leaders replied that they were not allowed by the Romans to carry out a sentence of death.

Coming before the crowd one last time, Pilate declared Jesus innocent and washed his own hands in water to show he had no part in this condemnation.

Nevertheless, Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified in order to forestall a riot and ultimately to keep his job.

The sentence written was “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” Jesus carried his cross to the site of execution called the “place of the Skull”, or “Golgotha” in Hebrew and in Latin “Calvary”.

There he was crucified along with two criminals.

According to the scriptures, Jesus was tortured on the cross for six hours. Jesus spoke from the cross, saying “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

During his last three hours on the cross, from noon to 3 pm, darkness fell over the whole land.

The last seven expressions of Jesus Christ on the Cross recorded in Scripture were the following.

1. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

2. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

3. “Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”

4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

5. “I thirst.”

6. “It is finished;” and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit.

7. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

After Jesus spoke these words, there was an earthquake, tombs broke open, and the curtain in the Temple was torn from top to bottom.

This tear, according to Christian tradition, signified a removal of restriction of the common Jews from the Temple’s “Holiest of Holies”, and that God’s people now could, themselves, communicate directly with their advocate before God, Jesus the Christ, rather than needing the Temple’s High Priest as an intercessor.

The centurion on guard at the site of crucifixion declared, in “Truly this was God’s Son!”

Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin and secret follower of Jesus, who had not consented to his condemnation, went to Pilate to request the body of Jesus.

Another secret follower of Jesus and member of the Sanhedrin named Nicodemus also brought about a hundred-pound weight mixture of spices and helped wrap the body of Jesus.

They placed the body of Christ in a linen, in keeping with Jewish burial customs and rolled a large rock over the entrance of the tomb.

Then they returned home and rested, because Shabbat had begun at sunset.

All these accounts of the death of Jesus Christ can be found in the Gospel according to John, Luke and Mathew.

Some portions of this article, was culled from Wikipedia.

Wishing all our cherished listeners, viewers and readers, a reflective Good Friday.


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