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Celebrating Good Friday

Updated on April 22, 2011
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The Friday before Easter Sunday is known to the world as Good Friday! It is the day designated by the Christian church as a day to celebrate as a holiday, so that Christian Believers observe the death of Jesus the Christ.

Without getting bogged down in details we use it to memorialize an event that only God could have put into play. The day where His only son was accused of a crime he did not commit, for people who would despise him and doubt his every intention.

But this is the story that so fascinates and challenges the mind of those who live in the world. To me it is a love story of the highest degree of sacrifice of which Jesus, the hero is the central figure. He is the full payment for the remission of sins!

There is no further penance or price required! Good Friday covered it all!

Jesus the man, volunteered and voluntarily went through a mock trial, beatings, scourging that lead to his crucifixion on the cross of Calvary. Everything about this extraordinary event could never be captured by words alone, but was foretold in the old testament book of Isaiah in the Bible and the Jewish Torah.

It needs to unfold on an individual basis in an intimate relationship with God, through Christ Jesus and revealed by the Holy Spirit. There is no other way possible for this to become clear but by revelation.

For the Christian though it is a confirmation that God so loved the world that He willingly gave His only begotten son-Jesus, that whosoever, anyone, believes on Him-Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life, a relationship with Jehovah God, the creator!

Good Friday could be considered a second great part / step of Christianity. When mankind fell God spoke of a plan to restore what had been lost to Him! The first part was the birth of Jesus the Christ and the third and last act would be the resurrection of Christ Jesus on Easter Sunday to make his ascension to the throne room of GRACE!

What does Good Friday mean?

God put a plan in place for the redemption of mankind when Adam and Eve made their erroneous decision of disobedience. Redemption - buying back the rights of mankind to dominate in the earth as He had first ordained when He'd set Adam down in the Garden of Eden.

A plan where He could continue in an intimate relationship and fellowship with all mankind without any interference of separation, in their mental, physical and spiritual communing.

Why did it have to happen?

Good Friday had to happen because no other sacrifice worked. No other could pay the required ransom of justice but Jehovah God himself and for it to remain it had to come by his own flesh and blood.

The word of God became flesh!

What did it accomplish?

What was required, the power to redeem all mankind!

Why do Christians celebrate on Good Friday?

Christian Believers all over the world celebrate on Good Friday because it is a memorial to what God did, and sacrificed to show proof of His love for all mankind. We take the time and opportunity to remember and acknowledge the death and burial of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary, for the remission on sins.

As part of that celebration we show our gratitude and love through worship and the re telling of the story so that it is never forgotten and the people are saved by seeing the true love of a living Savior! Hallelujah!

He is the full payment God required and paid to satisfy His own sense of justice! Period! Amen!

But instead of the event of Good Friday being the end as it seemed and as it was intended by Satanic forces it proved to be Hells demolition, God honoring His promises and Jesus fulfilling the laws of Gods justice.

Good Friday is Good because it gives hope to all mankind that God had a plan for redemption, fulfilled the plan through the brutal death of his own son and that no other payment would ever be required because through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus it was fully paid!

All acts of sins are washed away, not covered by Jesus' blood and the only thing God is now concerned with is the one sin, any person's refusal to accept what His son did and be saved!

He wants a relationship, where he fellowships on an intimate basis through mutual love, faith and respect!

Growing up in Bahamas, a nation of Christian believers, who believe that the Islands are where God lives, Good Friday observations are much like the rest of the world. We attend church services that honor what God planned for redemption.

What Jesus sacrificed for the love of his father and all mankind in the brutal acts of hostility against Him, mentally, physically and spiritually!

On Friday before service though, families would sit down together to a meal of stewed or boiled fish and grits with johnny cake and something simple to drink like water or tea. No meat was to be consumed on this night and in honor of Jesus' death, we were somber instead of exultant.

I remember it being odd, somehow cause as a child i knew that it was an important event, because of the special services and we were at church on Friday night and we had purposely eaten fish as our last meal of the day.

To me tradition is good, it doesn't hurt especially when we are trying to teach children how to carry on traditions that mark an important event, but Christianity is not about traditions! It is about relationships!

That is what a child should walk away seeing believers observe as a memorial to what God did and Good Friday and Easter must always be purely recognized as the most holiest of all Christian events!

For that reason Christian Believers instead of embracing the commercialism of Easter, confusing our children with Bunny Rabbits, egg hunts and too much candy should be boycotting how the world observes the Easter weekend!

We have involved ourselves in mixture, which God hates!

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      Celiegirl 2 years ago

      Thank you, Oceansunsets, i agree and am thankful!

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Good Friday. I for one, am so thankful to God for all he has done, and for the sacrifice of Jesus his Son. It is such hope! Happy Easter too!