The Word: What is so good about Friday?
Published 8:08 am Friday, April 7, 2023
Britannica says, “Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, the day on which Christians annually observe the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. From the early days of Christianity, Good Friday was observed as a day of sorrow, penance, and fasting, a characteristic that finds expression in the German word Karfreitag (“Sorrowful Friday”).”
As a Christ follower, I have always found it weird that they call it, “Good Friday”. Goes against the grain when you think about what you are observing: Jesus observed his last meal, prayed, was tried and then he was crucified. Across the religious realm of Christian faith – no matter the affiliated denomination; they all agree to stop and recognize this eternal sacrifice that our Lord did for each one of us. If we are divided in practices, at least we can be united through his death. That is a very good thing!
As we enter this commemorative season of remembering our Lord, I pray we honor him in our practices as well. Not just a Friday night service or a Sunday celebration, but a committed life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
“Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabaktanei?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” And immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed and gave Him a drink. But the rest of them said, “Let us see if Elijah comes to save Him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and gave up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split. Also, the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now as for the centurion and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the other things that were happening, they became extremely frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Luke 23: 45-47.
Yvette Perrin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.