Good Friday and the Passion of Christ

goodfriday2Good Friday is a holy day. Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates the final hours of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, and death, as described in the Christian bible. Good Friday is a time when many Christians remember Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

This is an important event in Christianity, as it represents the sacrifices and suffering in Jesus’ life. The crucifixion was the culmination of a number of events in Holy Week, including: Jesus’ triumphal return to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; Jesus washing his disciples’ feet; and Jesus’ last supper on Maundy Thursday.

This is an observance that involves people fasting and praying. Many church services are held in the afternoon,goodfriday1 usually around noon or midday to 3pm, to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. Many churches also observe the day by re-enacting the procession of the cross as in the ritual of the Stations of the Cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus’ life.

There are many theories as to why the day that remembers Jesus’ death on the cross is known as Good Friday. One school of thought is that Good Friday stems from the words “God’s Friday”, while others interpret “good” in the sense of “observed as holy”. Many Orthodox Christians call the day Great Friday. The day is also known as Black Friday or Sorrowful Friday, as well as Long Friday.

goodfridayWhat was the source of the passion of Christ? It was his intense love for mankind. The great love of Jesus resulted in his extreme commitment to walk a very precise and narrow path to redeem mankind. For the sake of restoring humans to fellowship with God, he made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant by being made in human likeness. His passionate love caused him to leave the glory of heaven to take human form and live an obedient life of self-sacrifice required by the holiness of God. Only such a selfless life could produce the pure and innocent blood sacrifice required to cover the sins of those who put their faith in him.

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