Good Friday 2019: History and Significance of The Holy Festival

Apr 19 2019 08:05 AM
Good Friday 2019: History and Significance of The Holy Festival

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. Many people, mostly Christians, celebrate this day by attending a Good Friday service where they read the biblical accounts of Jesus’ death on the cross. 

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Good Friday History and Significance

According to the Gospels, one of the disciples of the Jesus Christ called Judas Iscariot had guided some temple guards to arrest the Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas Iscariot had received at least 30 pieces of the silver for betraying Jesus Christ. Following his arrest, Jesus was taken to the house of Annas, the father-in-law of the high priest, Caiaphas. There he was interrogated with little result and sent bound to Caiaphas the high priest where the Sanhedrin had assembled.  He was sentenced to death when nothing told in favor of him during the interrogation. During the solemn oath by the high priest "I adjure you, by the Living God, to tell us, are you the Anointed One, the Son of God?" Jesus Christ answered very unclearly that, "You have said it, and in time you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty, coming on the clouds of Heaven."

The high priest condemned Jesus for blasphemy, and the Sanhedrin concurred with a sentence of death. Pontius Pilate told Jewish leaders to judge the Jesus case according to their own law but Jewish leaders were not allowed by the Romans for judging the sentence of death and then the case was referred by the Pontius Pilate to the ruler of Galilee (King Herod) as Jesus Christ was also a Galilee. Jesus Christ answered nothing for many questions of the Herod that's why he was sent back to Pontius Pilate by the King Herod, where he was not founded guilty.

Coming before the crowd one last time, Pilate declared Jesus innocent and washed his own hands in water to show he had no part in this condemnation. Nevertheless, Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified in order to forestall a riot and ultimately to keep his job.  He was brought to the execution place or the place of the Skull and crucified on the cross. After his crucifixion the whole land was full of with darkness. He gave up his spirit with loud cry and temple curtain was torn top to bottom because of the earthquake. At the site of crucifixion, it was declared that "Truly this was God's Son!"

Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin and secret follower of Jesus, who had not consented to his condemnation, went to Pilate to request the body of Jesus. After the confirmation of the death of the Jesus Christ by the Pontius Pilate, it was handed over to his followers. Another follower named Nicodemus wrapped the body of Christ with mixture of spices to be fresh for some days. On the 3rd day (Easter Sunday) he rose from the dead body.

Good Friday is celebrated by the Catholic Church as a fast day by having only one time full meal in small amount and two collations. For years, most Christians have refused to eat meat on Good Friday, with especially Catholics -sticking to the ban every Friday throughout the year. Many nonbelievers still eat fish on Good Friday as a national tradition. However, most people also eat fish instead of meat. Fish is eaten because it comes from the sea and is perceived to be a different kind of flesh.

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