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‘Good Friday’- The essence of Christianity!

Good Friday precedes Easter Sunday and is observed by recalling events that led to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. For the Roman Catholic church, it is a day of fasting and abstinence.

Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

All churches worldwide proclaim, “Christ died for sins of others… to bring man closer to God. He may have been put to death physically but has remained alive in spirit.” Many churches mark the day with subdued services, usually in the evening, in which the crucifixion is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centred on Messiah’s suffering for people’s sake and communion. And referring to Jesus’ prediction of his death, “Jesus told his disciples that though he would be crucified, he would resurrect himself on the third day following his death. That is why the Sunday after Good Friday is marked by Easter celebrations”

Is Jesus God?

Have you ever met a man who is the center of attention wherever he goes? Some mysterious, indefinable characteristic sets him apart from all other men. Well, that’s the way it was two thousand years ago with Jesus Christ. But it wasn’t merely Jesus’ personality that captivated those who heard him. Those who witnessed his words and life tell us that something about Jesus of Nazareth was different from all other men.

Jesus’ only credentials were himself. He never wrote a book, commanded an army, held a political office, or owned property. He mostly traveled within a hundred miles of his village, attracting crowds who were amazed at his provocative words and stunning deeds.

Yet Jesus’ greatness was obvious to all those who saw and heard him. And while most great people eventually fade into history books, Jesus is still the focus of thousands of books and unparalleled media controversy. And much of that controversy revolves around the radical claims Jesus made about himself—claims that astounded both his followers and his adversaries.

It was primarily Jesus’ unique claims that caused him to be viewed as a threat by both the Roman authorities and the Jewish hierarchy. Although he was an outsider with no credentials or political powerbase, within three years, Jesus changed the world for the next 20 centuries. Other moral and religious leaders have left an impact-but nothing like that of a unknown carpenter’s son from Nazareth.

If you watch the video, “Jesus from Nazareth”, you would get to know more about this person who was just a carpenter for 15 years long, but within the next three years, he became Jesus Christ! And he was crucified by the Jews and Romans on the cross on this Friday called by all of us as the Good Friday!!

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About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.

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