Good Friday is traditionally the day Christians around the earth remember the suffering, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The film, Passion of Christ, brings an awareness of the brutality Jesus suffered. The world needed Good Friday during Jesus’ time, I need Good Friday in my life and you need this day also.
Jesus was arrested, found guilty of blasphemy by the Sanhedrin, the spiritual court of the day and sent to the Roman court for the death penalty. Pilate, the Roman governor found Jesus innocent, but gave in to the volatile pressure of the crowd.
Jesus was crucified along with two criminals for a period of about six hours. During His final three hours on the cross darkness fell over the land from noon to 3pm. Jesus cried out in a loud voice and died. An earthquake shook the land, opening up tombs and the bodies of many holy people were raised to life appearing to many people in Jerusalem. The veil of the temple separating the presence of God in the holy of holies from people was ripped by God from top to bottom.
Jesus was dead.
A seasoned centurion and the others that were guarding Jesus were so profoundly affected they said, “Truly He was the Son of God!”.
So, why do we need Good Friday?
The apostle Paul wrote this:
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
Jesus’ death gives life to you and me.
His death gives life to all who believe and follow Him.
That is why we need Good Friday.