5 Surprising Things about Good Friday that you weren’t told in Church
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion and the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. It is observed during the 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, and Black Friday.
Here are four important things you need to know about good Friday that you were not told the church.
1. The date for good Friday varies from year to year: The date varies both on the Gregorian and Julian calendars the eastern and western Christianity disagree vehemently over the computation of the date of Easter and Good Friday.
2. Good Friday is widely declared a legal public holiday: all around the world, including most parts of West, 12 U.S. states, and many parts of Africa. Some countries, such as Germany, have laws prohibiting some certain acts on that day, such as dancing and horse racing, that are seen as profaning the solemn nature of the day
3. On Good Friday, we remember the very day Jesus willingly suffered, crucified, died and was buried as an ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10). It is immediately followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the resurrection of Jesus heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).
4. What is good about the Friday? So many arguments have emanated from various quarters about the name ‘’Good.‘’ Some Christian traditions, for example, do take this approach: in German, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” But the truth is the day turned out good because of Easter. The death of Jesus Christ for our sins and his triumph over our sins validated the goodness of the Friday in which he died. There can be a resurrection without death, there cannot be a success without series of failures, there can’t be life without death
5. Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good: on this day wrath and mercy met at the cross of Calvary and the salvation of mankind was restored. He came to die for the sins of men so they can live forever. The wrath displayed in the old testament met with the mercy of the new testament and this produced salvation.