Holy Week 2023 - Good Friday
A Day of Reflection on Christ's Sacrifice
Posted by: CDFWarrington on Friday, April 7, 2023 at 3:43PM
Good Friday is an important religious holiday observed by Christians around the world. It commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, the son of God, and is part of the Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday.
The story of the events remembered on Good Friday can be read in the Gospels in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 and John 18-19. In these passages we read how Jesus was arrested, mocked, tried and brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. Despite finding no fault in Jesus, Pilate eventually gave in to the demands of the Jewish leaders and sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion. We then read the account of the crucifixion and how even with Christ's final breaths He prayed to the Father for our forgiveness.
Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34)
In remembrance of Christ's sacrifice, some churches hold special services, such as the Stations of the Cross, which depict the events leading up to Jesus' death. Other Christians observe this day by attending church services, fasting, and/or praying; all with the purpose of reflecting on the sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity.
Despite its somber tone, Good Friday is also a day of hope and redemption. Jesus' death on the cross was not the end to the story but opened the door to salvation and eternal life, and His sacrifice was a demonstration of God's love for humanity. As such, Good Friday should serve as a reminder of the power and grace of God, and a time to reflect on one's own faith, sinful nature and relationship with God.
In addition to its religious significance, Good Friday has also played an important role in history and culture. In many countries, it is a public holiday, with many traditions stemming from this day. Good Friday has also been the subject of numerous works of art, literature, and music, including the famous oratorio "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel.
Overall, Good Friday is a day of solemn reflection and gratitude for the Church around the world. It is a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, and a celebration of the hope and redemption that His death and resurrection continue to offer. Whether through attending church services, fasting, or simply taking time to reflect, we should use today as an opportunity to deepen our faith and renew our commitment to God.