Offbeat — 14 June 2013

Why do they call it Good Friday

It was the day when Jesus Christ was crucified! So why would someone call it Good Friday when the entire world was mourning over his death? And why do they still call it Good Friday in spite of knowing the entire story? Here is a plausible explanation for the same.

We’ve been celebrating Good Friday since the 4th century. Good Friday is in fact a result of a collection of events that occurred over a span of a few days following the Last Supper. According to the story which has been retold in several ancient manuscripts, Jesus Christ was betrayed by one of his own followers and was captured by the soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane just a few hours after the Last Supper.

Jesus Christ was presented before the Sanhedrin (the Jewish Supreme Court) which pronounced him guilty of being a potential threat to both the Roman and Jewish authorities. The soldiers then presented him before Pilate (the Roman Manager of Judea), Herod (the Roman King of Judea) and Pilate again where he was sentenced to death by crucifixion.

After the painful crucifixion was complete, the body of Jesus Christ was buried in a tomb. However, three days after the incident, the tomb came up empty and the body of Jesus Christ apparently vanished into thin air. While some perceived the body to have been stolen, others believed otherwise owing to the guards who had been stationed before the tomb’s entrance for three days straight.

And then it happened on what is now called ‘Easter Morning’! Jesus Christ appeared before his disciples and everyone came to know that he had cheated death or rather overcome it. He had risen up from the dead and was resurrected.

Therefore,, Good Friday as it is so called commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The day is called ‘good’ for without it, the resurrection would not have been possible and Jesus’s victory over death would not have been heard of.

Written by Vinod Sharma

Master in English literature and having more than five years of blogging experience, Vinod Sharma is competitive in nature and likes taking on new tasks and challenges put forth both personally and professionally. Simple living and high thinking is a quote synonymous to him.

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Vinod Sharma

Master in English literature and having more than five years of blogging experience, Vinod Sharma is competitive in nature and likes taking on new tasks and challenges put forth both personally and professionally. Simple living and high thinking is a quote synonymous to him.

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