Good Friday . .the day Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. A day of grief, penance and fasting. The day is also known as Black Friday. Good Friday marks the end of Lent which is a 40-day fasting period for Christians. The day Jesus laid down his life for the sins of mankind, the day the Jews found immeasurable pleasure in crucifying Jesus. It is believed that Christ willingly suffered to save his people from their sins. On this day, the followers of Christ remember the sacrifices made by him. It is the end of the holy week, from the day day Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
To be crucified in the the most terrible manner and yet we label it as Good Friday. Yes, that’s because all of mankind’s sins were washed off by one act of Christ taking all sins upon himself. No wonder it’s a good day for mankind.
The resurrection of Christ is still a matter of debate, but not for the believers, that he rose again on the third day , now celebrated as Easter Sunday is believed by all of the Christian faithful. It is god’s kindness that he sent his only son to be crucified for the sins of mankind. But has man learnt anything from this sacrifice, has it made man turn away from sin, has man changed himself or will it require another coming of the prophet to wash mankind’s sins again.
Observation of lent, forty days of fasting and prayers, celebrations on good Friday or Easter is of no value as long as man continues to commit sins again and again and just pray for forgiveness, not really trying to learn from what Jesus taught the world . Good Friday and Easter will come year after year to remind mankind of the great sacrifice of Jesus . Let’s understand the lessons to be learnt and followed so that in future Good Friday will be more meaningful.
Even as we have celebrated this holy day today the 15th of April 2022 and we look forward to the day Jesus rose to ascend into heaven and be with his Father again as we celebrate Easter on this 17th Sunday, let us pray Christ’s sacrifice shall not have been in vain.