Friday, April 3, 2015

GOOD FRIDAY IS A SAD DAY

Today is Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.
Yes, most know that He could not have been crucified on a Friday, been buried for three days, and arose on Sunday.
Arguments trying to get people to quit celebrating certain days because of dating difficulties are an exercise in futility with no possible positive outcome. Just like the argument against Christmas being in December. No one is going to change.

No one needs to.

Our right standing with God does not hinge on what day we celebrate what (Rom. 14:5-6).

Easter Week begins the Sunday before Easter, which is commonly known as Palm Sunday. This Sunday commemorates the day Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem amid excited and adoring crowds who only a few days later demanded His execution.

Good Friday is a most solemn day wherein we recall that horrendous torture and execution.

For Catholics, it is the one day out of the year when no Mass is celebrated. Instead there is a solemn liturgy explicitly for this day.

Most evangelical Christians do not do anything special for this day.

What is so special about the day Jesus was crucified?

Much in every way.

First, just on the natural level, we humans tend to commemorate the death of a loved one. We also memorialize our heroes, usually remembering the day of their departure. This is that day for Christians who honor the Lord Jesus Christ.

Secondly, on the spiritual level, the crucifixion of Jesus has significance for all believers.
The first is a logical consequence, for without the death of Jesus, there could have been no resurrection.The resurrection is central to our faith, though most talk as if it is the Crucifixion (1Cor. 15:17 and Rom. 8:34).

The power of sin was destroyed on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24 and Rom. 8:3 and Dan. 9:24).

The penalty for sin was removed (Gal. 3:13 and 2 Cor. 5:21)

Whom you used to be no longer exists due to the Crucifixion (Gal. 2:20 and 2 Cor. 5:17).

We remember the Crucifixion on Good Friday because of the One who was crucified and gave us a new life through His resurrection, which we will commemorate two days from now.

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