Good Friday

Good Friday is commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. [1]

Jesus’ crucifixion is described in all four Canonical gospels, attested to by other ancient sources, and regarded as a historical event. According to a Gospel Harmony, Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane following the Last Supper with the Twelve Apostles, and forced to stand trial before a Sanhedrin, Pontius Pilate, and Herod Antipas, before being handed over for crucifixion. After being flogged, Jesus was mocked by Roman soldiers as the “King of the Jews”, clothed in a purple robe, crowned with thorns, beaten and spat on. Jesus then had to make his way to the place of his crucifixion. Once at Golgotha, Jesus was offered wine mixed with gall to drink. Matthew’s and Mark’s Gospels record that he refused this. He was then crucified and hung between two convicted thieves. According to Mark’s Gospel, he endured the torment of crucifixion for some six hours. The soldiers affixed a sign above his head stating “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” in three languages, divided his garments and cast lots for his seamless robe. The Roman soldiers did not break Jesus’ legs, as they did to the other two men crucified, as Jesus was dead already. [2]

The gospel writers record seven statements uttered by Jesus while he was on the cross:

    1. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[Lk. 23:34]
    2. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”[Lk. 23:43]
    3. “Woman, behold, your son!” [Jn. 19:25-27]
    4. “E′li, E′li, la′ma sa‧bach‧tha′ni?” [Mt. 27:46] [Mk. 15:34] (Aramaic for “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”). It is also a quotation of the first line of Psalm 22. The latter refers to piercing of hands and feet, and has been interpreted as a reference to Crucifixion.
    5. “I thirst.”[Jn. 19:28]
    6. “It is finished.”[Jn. 19:30]
    7. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”[Lk. 23:46]
Taken from: Google images
Taken from: Google images
Taken from: Google images

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion_of_Jesus#Date.2C_place_and_people_present

More details on both links above.

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