Good Friday: Christ Carried Sin to the Grave – And Left It There
Jesus took the sin of the world upon himself, paying the price no one else could.
By: Kelli Ballard | April 2, 2021 | 395 Words
For Christians, Good Friday is one of the most important holidays of the year because it represents Jesus Christ’s sacrifice to wash away our sins. It was the day he was crucified, only to rise again on Sunday, which we call Easter. In the past, the day was referred to by other terms, such as Black Friday, Holy Friday, and Great Friday. It is always celebrated two days before Easter.
Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 silver coins. Christ was arrested at the Garden of Gethsemane and taken to Caiaphas the High Priest, who charged him with blasphemy. Jesus was then sent to Pontius Pilate, a Roman governor, who asked the attendees what to do with the prisoner. After the spiritual leader did not deny any of the charges, the crowd demanded Jesus’ execution.
After Jesus was crucified, the skies turned dark for three hours, an earthquake rippled across the land, and the veil in the temple in Jerusalem tore from top to bottom.
Celebrating Good Friday
As part of the Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, Christians honor Jesus’ sacrifice in different ways throughout the world. In Bermuda, for example, locals fly kites to represent Christ’s ascension to Heaven. In Jerusalem, Christians walk the exact trail that Jesus did on the day he was crucified.
Palm Sunday begins the Holy Week. Many Christians have already been participating in Lent, though, which lasts about six weeks. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends three days before Easter Sunday. During Lent, participants can choose to give up a luxury item, such as eating chocolate. Some of the stauncher worshipers will follow the strict fasting diet of no meat, eggs, fish, or fats. On Good Friday, those who have reached puberty are to avoid eating meat (fish is okay) according to Roman Catholic lore. Traditionally, meat is associated with celebrations and feasts, so it is considered a worthy sacrifice for this holy day.
Good Friday is not considered a holiday in every state in the nation, but some businesses do close in observance. Other countries have mandatory closing of certain places. In Germany, it is forbidden to go horseback riding or dance, and any businesses or clubs that don’t follow this could be fined.
The faithful often attend services between noon and 3 p.m., the time during which Christ was crucified.