Good Friday is a day Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
The name Good Friday originated from the English term “God’s Friday”, which overtime evolved into Good Friday. In German, Good Friday is called Karfreitag or sorrowful Friday.
Good Friday constitutes an essential part of a 40-day of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday.
It is a solemn and reflective day for Christians, reminding them of the sacrifice God made for their salvation.
Good Friday is a day Christians commemorate the crucification and death of Jesus Christ, His last sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. It is a solemn day of mourning, fasting, and reflection on the suffering and death of Jesus. It is also a reminder of God’s love and grace, as he gave his only son to save humanity.
Biblical narrative says that Roman authorities apprehended, tried, and crucified Jesus. Jesus was compelled to carry his cross to Golgotha or Calvary, where he was crucified on the cross. He died after several hours of agony, and his body was buried in a tomb.
A Cleric, Kenneth Ugwu observed that instead of commemorating the day as a sorrowful day, Christians celebrate it because God showcased his victory over sin and death.
The significant of Good Friday lies in the belief that Jesus willingly sacrificed himself on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.
Christians believe that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He,(Jesus Christ) opened the way for humanity to be reconciled with God.
Good Friday is a day of reflection on the sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ and a reminder of the importance of faith, forgiveness, and redemption.
In Christian faith, the day is marked with Church services which are sometimes solemn, as they reflect on the suffering Christ went through to save mankind according to o the Bible.
In Catholic Church, Good Friday is commemorated with celebration of Holy mass, veneration of the Cross and stations of the Cross, reflecting the Passion of Jesus.
Commenting on why the day is called Good Friday, a Priest, Rev Solomon Udeh said that Good Friday is a day Christians commemorate the crucification and death of Jesus Christ, His last sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. It is a solemn day of mourning, fasting, and reflection on the suffering and death of Jesus. It is also a reminder of God’s love and grace, as he gave his only son to save humanity.
He said the day is good because it was a day Jesus Christ went to hell as a substitute for the judgment of the sin of man.
A Catholic, Emilian Okafor , said that Good Friday is good because it reminds us of the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, which brought man’s reconciliation with God, after the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
She said that Good Friday is sorrowful, and delightful. “It is sorrowful in the sense that it commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and it is delightful because it secured salvation for mankind from the bonds of sin.
“Good Friday is good because it initiated the redemption of man.”Good Friday holds a significant place in the Christian faith, as a solemn day of reflection on the sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ and a reminder of the importance of faith, forgiveness, and redemption,” she said.
Good Friday is significant and relevant to all Christians. Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross is a black and bleak event. But without his death, He would not be resurrected to show the Glory of God.