Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ 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. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday.
Members of many Christian denominations, including the Anglican, Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, Oriental Orthodox, and Reformed traditions, observe Good Friday with fasting and church services.
History of Good Friday
It comes from a story about a Jewish preacher who went to Jerusalem during the jewish celebration of passover ( the history of passover is a whole other story) about 2000 years ago and upset the status quo. He was sentenced to death for his troubles.
Because Friday was execution day throughout the Roman empire (which Judea was a part of at the time) he was executed on a Friday in the manner common in the area at the time – crucification.
Several decades later, a Roman Jew from modern day Turkey claimed to have a visitation from him on his way to Damascus (in Syria). He changed his name, have up his job as a tax collector for the Roman Empire and founded a religion .
Central to this new religion was that the preacher was devine, the long promised messiah, and was resurrected after 3 days, so every year they include a remembrance ceremony to mark the occasion.
Celebrate Good Friday?
We celebrate Good Friday because our Lord, Jesus Christ died, was crucified rather, on the cross for all of us, for all humanity and to save us from our sins.
He had been whipped and pierced and lashed. He endured several instruments of torture. He was tired, hungry and thirsty. All the people around him spat at him, abused him and rejected him.
Yet he did not give up hope, he prayed to God and bore the pain to save us sinners, to give us eternal life and redemption from our worldly way of life.
We celebrate Good Friday because it was the day he, willingly, died so that we could be rescued. We celebrate his death on this day, because through his death, we mortals have found our life, and his death has abolished (removed) death.
Through his death he fulfilled his Father’s words, the prophets’ words and gave us hope in meeting him and his Father in heaven.
This is what we celebrate on Good Friday.