Good Friday is the day Jesus Christ died on the cross. As such, Good Friday is a day of mourning, and all the ceremonies and rituals of the day are centered around the feeling of sorrow at the pain and humiliation that Jesus underwent for the cause of goodness and humanity. Good Friday marks the end of the 40-day period of fasting and renunciation during Lent, which recalls the days of penance Jesus spent in the desert. After this period, Jesus returned to Jerusalem, and was welcomed as the King of the Jews. The wholehearted acceptance of Jesus by the people made the rulers fear that they would lose the people’s loyalty, and prompted them to plot against Jesus. With the help of Judas, who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, Jesus was arrested for treason and condemned to be crucified. This happened on Maundy Thursday, a day before Good Friday. The next day, Good Friday, is the darkest day in Christianity. Jesus was made to carry the cross on which he was later crucified. Jesus, by his act of forgiving and praying for even those who were responsible for his death, won a victory for good over evil. The message of Good Friday is that the dictum of “an eye for an eye” cannot work. The way to conquer evil is through good. Similarly, violence can be overcome only by non-violence, and hatred by love. The entire day is given to fasting and prayer, as a way of following the example of Jesus, who stressed the role of prayer in the struggle to conquer evil. Some churches concentrate less on prayers, and instead encourage the people to become involved in charitable deeds. The service consists of prayers and readings from the Bible. However, the crucifixion also looks forward to Jesus’ resurrection. So, the sorrow of Good Friday is tempered by the expectation and hope offered by Easter Sunday. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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