Good Friday

By JONATHAN ABEL,
MEDIA & PUBLICATION TEAM

 29th March 2013 - The Friday that precedes Easter is known to all Christians as ‘Good  Friday’. During this day of prayer and fasting, the parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church, Kuala Lumpur, gathered at the church to commemorate the passion and suffering of Jesus Christ. The day of repentance begin with the depiction of the Passion of Christ by the Youths of St. Anthony’s Church. The compound of the church became the stage of the heartening performance of the young and talented of St. Anthony’s Church. The play which left the parishioners in tears was followed by the Good Friday service

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 Whenever anyone reflects back on Good Friday, it usually begs couple of important questions. Since everything that was done towards Jesus Christ by the Romans was absolutely abhorrent, why do we call it ‘Good Friday’? If the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the reason that opened the gates of heaven, why do we still commemorate the suffering of Jesus Christ at the hands Romans? What is the significance of Good Friday?

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  Firstly, why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely detestable and repulsive. Nevertheless, the consequences of Christ’s death were extremely ‘good’ for every sons and daughters of god! It proved the love of god, the father’s love for his children on the earth. Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The crucifixion of Jesus empowered us to meet the Father when time comes. Peter 3:18, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

 

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 Secondly, what is need for the continuous remembrance of the pain and suffering that Jesus Christ endured? One of the biggest flaws of the human race is the inherent tendency to disremember. It’s a well proven fact that due to passing of time, individuals has the inclination to overlook actions and circumstances of a particular event. The sacrifice and suffering that Jesus endured was beyond the capacity of any human. Thus, there is a need for constant recollection of the Passion of Christ to ensure that we don’t forget what Jesus Christ had to go through to redeem us.

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  Finally, what is the significance of Good Friday? There’s a couple of perspective as regards to this matter. First of all, it proved that Jesus Christ was not a mere man but son of God. Principally, all men change when facing possible life threatening situations to ensure the sustainability of his or her life.  But Jesus on the other hand, did not even flinch when he was prosecuted. Even till his last breath, he stood for the greater utility of mankind. In addition, Good Friday also exemplifies the range of faith that all Christians ought to have. Even with the extensive societal pressure that Jesus Christ was put under to disown his faith and his Father, Jesus Christ did not abandon the things that he stood for and the responsibilities that the Father has put on his shoulders. 

 

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In a nut shell, the sufferings and sacrifices that Jesus Christ endured has provided us redemption and salvation. The act of self-sacrifice has cemented the idea that Jesus was not an ordinary man; he was truly the son of god. His selfless act purified us. Hence, through the grief and tears, it is still a GOOD FRIDAY!

 

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