Good Friday 2018
On Friday March 30, 2018 Christians around the workd will be celeberating the very well known statutory holiday known as Good Friday. Good Friday is the most solemn day of the Christian year. Many Christians around the world observe this statutory holiday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ's Passion, crucifixion, and death, which are told in the Christian Bible.
Why is this day called “Good Friday”?
Despite the fact that "good" is a common English word, the meaning of Good Friday is somewhat contested. Some believe it comes from the old meaning of good, which used to signify something, holy or godly and others think the name stems from the words “God Friday”.
As Good Friday is celebrated in memory of Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, and death, it is important to note that this day is symbolized by specific religious pieces. What symbols represent Good Friday?
The most important Good Friday symbol is the crucifix, or cross. These symbols represent the way in which Jesus died. Some crosses bear a figure of Christ. Other symbols of Good Friday include black cloth used to cover the cross, paintings and statues in churches and some homes to signify mourning.
On this day, many Christians fast and pray and, and many church services are held in the afternoon, to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. Good Friday is “good” despite the terrible event that took place on that day because it brings us to the joy of Easter. God poured out his wrath on sins over Jesus in order to give forgiveness and salvation out to the nations. If Good Friday and Jesus’ death would not bring suffering, sorrow, and blood loss at the cross; God would not be revered as the “just and the justifier” who trust in Jesus. On a paradoxical note, Good Friday signifies the greatest triumph over evil and God’s plan to release the world from oppression.