Weekend marks holiest of timesPublished 12:07am Friday, March 29, 2013
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ Having said this, He breathed His last.
Millions of Christians will mark today, Good Friday, as a holy day.
The day commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
For non-Christians, the holiday’s name seems misplaced.
“What could be good about someone’s crucifixion and death?” they might ask.
Good Friday is not a happy day, at least in what it marks.
It’s truly a day of mourning and sorrow in the hearts of Christians because of the great sacrifice Christ made for all who believe.
The day is also a reminder that His suffering was necessary because of the sin of the human race. Christians believe that He died so others can live through Him.
Thus in a way the day, though marked with suffering and death, is good for believers as Jesus’ sacrifice provided a way out of otherwise certain death.
His sacrificial death, marked today, is the only manner in which humans can ever be considered “good.”
We hope each of you has a blessed day today and that you pause to remember and respect the beliefs of the millions and millions of the world’s Christians. This weekend is holiest time of the year.