In the quiet corners of churches and in the hearts of the faithful, Good Friday emerges each year as a solemn reminder of the ultimate sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ, and of our redemption.
It’s a day that stands in stark contrast to the joyful celebrations of Easter Sunday, yet holds within it the core of the Christian faith and eternal hope.
Today, I want to explore the true meaning of Good Friday, investigate its significance, and reveal the various ways it is observed worldwide.
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What Is Good Friday?
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Savior Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross.
Thus, Good Friday is the day in which the Romans crucified Jesus Christ and buried him in a cave. Apostle Luke agrees with John. Listen as Luke explains:
“And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.”Luke 23:54
Consequently, we won’t find the phrase Good Friday in the Holy Bible; instead, we will discover “the preparation of the Passover“.
“When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.”John 19:13
What Is The Theological Significance of Good Friday In Christianity?
This means that Good Friday is the day before the Holy Sabbath. It’s the day before the Sabbath in which the Jews prepared for the Sabbath! This was the day in which they crucified our Lord Jesus Christ.
“And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!”John 19:14
So, what is Good Friday? It is the killing of the Passover Lamb! Its celebration is all about the Lord’s Passover!
Therefore, to fully comprehend and apply Good Friday we must return to the establishment, rituals, and the keeping of the Lord’s Passover.
When Is Good Friday?
Explain how the date for Good Friday is determined each year. It’s linked to the lunar calendar and falls on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Here, the connection between Good Friday and the Jewish Passover can also be explored, as these events are historically and scripturally intertwined.
When Is Good Friday In 2024?
Good Friday like Easter never falls on the same date every year. It is not a Christian holiday or holy day, but it is a religious one.
In my opinion, for it to be a Christian Holiday the first century Church would need to celebrate it. But they never did.
Again. it’s not a biblical holiday.
In fact, Good Friday is always the Friday just before Easter Sunday. Since Easter always occurs on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, the date is always changing.
This year, the date of Easter is Sunday, March 31, 2024. Similarly, Good Friday is Friday, March 29, 2024.
Why is Good Friday Always Celebrated on a Friday?
This part of the blog can delve into the scriptural accounts and historical reasons why Good Friday is observed on a Friday, focusing on its alignment with the Jewish Sabbath and the timeline of the Holy Week.
What’s So Good About Good Friday?
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Good Friday is its name. Why is a day commemorating death and suffering considered ‘good’?
It is said that the Romans crucified Jesus Christ on Good Friday. What is good about that?
- Jesus’ crucifixion is a substitute for death for all of humanity. Each of us should have died for our sins.
- We enjoy victory over sins, death, and eternal damnation through his death.
- The crucifixion of Jesus Christ redeemed humanity to God!
- Christ became a curse for us!
Why Do Christians Celebrate Good Friday?
No Christians in the First Century Church or the Bible celebrated Good Friday. Not only that, but you will not uncover the phrase “Good Friday” in the Holy Bible!
It’s not there!
How Is Good Friday Celebrated?
It is celebrated in myriads of ways. There are as many diverse celebrations as there are groups, people, and countries who celebrate Good Friday.
In addition to fasting, and praying, they re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus. They carry crosses and diverse processions are carried out.
Not to mention the different traditions, rituals, and observances that accompany Good Friday. All these vary from country to country and from religious beliefs to religious beliefs.
Every culture and denomination has unique ways of honoring this day. And none of them originates from the Bible because that Holy Book does not endorse Good Friday!
Thus, Good Friday is not a biblical ritual or holy day. It is a construct of religion and the world.
Our Lord was crucified on a Friday but there are no biblical connections to Easter or Good Friday in the Bible.
If the Bible does not teach it reject it as pagan and heathen!