Holy Week History: What is Good Friday

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What is Good Friday?

Good Friday remembers the day of Christ’s death and the moments leading up to it. Many Christians devote this day of Holy Week to thinking about Christ’s final hours and the suffering that He endured. Services for Good Friday tend be somber, even though we know that Jesus rose from His death three days later.

The Importance of Good Friday

So why is it important to enter into this dark, sorrowful time if we know the joyous ending of Christ’s resurrection? By meditating, or thinking very deeply, about the suffering of Christ we are reminded of how powerful our sin is. This realization of the weight of our sin makes Jesus’ sacrifice all the more powerful and real!

Jesus’ suffering also reminds us that He was truly human, experiencing emotions of sadness and temptation. Before He is arrested, Jesus prays to God asking Him to “Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36). He knew that His death would be incredibly difficult, but He chose carry out the will of the Father.

Jesus suffered the death that we deserve because of our sin. It was painful and humiliating. Jesus was mocked and taunted by people who said that if He were truly the Christ, He should save himself from this death (Mark 15:31)! Before Jesus dies, He cries out God “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). This marks God turning away from his Son, who has become sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus experiences the ultimate separation that we will never have to experience, separation from God.

When Jesus dies, the temple curtain tears from top to bottom signifying that Christ’s perfect sacrifice has covered our sins, making us blameless in God’s sight and giving us direct access to Him (Mark 15:38). “We have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20).

Celebrating Good Friday

Churches have different ways of celebrating Good Friday and remembering Christ’s suffering. Some use the Stations of the Cross, a series of 14 images depicting moments of Jesus’ journey to the cross and ending with his burial. Oftentimes, church services are dark and include a black veil draping the cross. Others may practice the act of nailing their sins, written out on paper, to a cross.
As your family prepares to celebrate Good Friday, talk about the purpose of the dark and sorrowful tone of the service. It is appropriate that we should feel sad, but not because something “bad” or “wrong” happened. It was unjust that the blameless Jesus died a criminal’s death with the stain of our sins, but it by this “unjust” act that we are justified for eternity. Christ’s terrible death was necessary for our salvation. This is a humbling realization, but one that should make us all the more grateful for what He has done in order to call us His children.

If you would like to read more about Holy Week history and meaning, check out the rest of our blog series on Holy Week.

Read about Palm Sunday here: What is Palm Sunday?
Read about Maundy Thursday here: What is Maundy Thursday?

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Tiny Jones
Tiny Jones

turn away from ur sins if u know better

Rocky Ariicho
Rocky Ariicho

All I know Is that Jesus the savior died for a sinner like me and rose again on the third day gone abroad to prepare a never ending place for you and for me. Amen

Henrietta Brown
Henrietta Brown

God is amazing I WILL ALWAYS PRAISE HIM ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE .WOULD BE HEAR IF WAS NOT FOR GOD .THAT IS WHY WE HAVE GOOD FRIDAY I THANK GOD !!!!

Chellie W Porter
Chellie W Porter

This is showing the teaching of the Bible to lost souls whom have been told otherwise..You don't know me or what I do in my country...

Andy A Gour
Andy A Gour

U All know What, Regardless What Day He Died,Buried,Rose...HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO LIVE! I'm Sure Their Is LOST SOULS In Your Country. GO CONVERT THEM!

Chellie W Porter
Chellie W Porter

The sabbath is from friday sunset to saturday sunset...Sunday is the first day of the week.

Chellie W Porter
Chellie W Porter

Jesus died on wednesday before sunset...and He was resurrected just before sunset on Saturday afternoon...

Tamika Usher
Tamika Usher

Jesus is so amazing & good in each & every way. Amen & I will always praise Him.

Ines Niez
Ines Niez

No need to argue ,just believe what you need to Believed from your heart deeply in you. GOD is GOD, The TRUTH, The Beginning and The end . Peace !

Dee Dee Torrez
Dee Dee Torrez

More like good Thursday if you have our Savior in the ground for 3 nights as the Bible states

Tina Grimsley
Tina Grimsley

This homework assignment is NOT for American children of any age...

Chris Dietz
Chris Dietz

If Jesus died Friday night. And Rose on Sunday morning. That's NOT 3 days. That's 36 hours. Just giver take on time

Andy Hawkins
Andy Hawkins

It doesn't matter as long as people have their faith in the right place. They can be wrong about something like that without loosing salvation.