Today, Christians all over the world celebrate Good Friday. It is a day set aside during the Holy Week, to mark the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday.
The day involves people fasting and praying, and Church services in remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion. For Christians, the day is observed with great humility and reference. People honour and remember the passion and suffering of Christ.
The account of the events leading to the crucifixion as recorded by the Gospel writers begin with the Lord’s Super, the prayer and struggle in Gethsemane and ultimately His betrayal by one of twelve Disciples, Judas Iscariot (all taking place Thursday evening).
Having been arrested and led to Pilate by the Jewish leaders with conflicting testimonies, He is scourged, mocked and sentenced to be crucified by Pilate in spite of His apparent innocence.
Christians believe as the Bible says, that God had chosen to make out of this apparent gruesome and terrible day, the greatest story of history. As the Apostle Paul writes, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself” 2 Corinthians 5:19. Thus, the day is supreme and central to the Believer.
Men meant that Friday for evil, but God meant it for good, and so we call it Good Friday.