For the Christians, today is the Good Friday.
During my younger years, I used to wonder, ‘Why is it called the Good Friday?’ What is so good about it ? How can Good Friday be good when it commemorates the day on which the sins of his followers brought about the death of Jesus Christ ? Jesus eventually died on the cross – as a result of his fight to rescue the poor, the old and the weak from the atrocities of the rulers of Roman empire. In fact, the Roman rulers even termed Jesus as the King of Jews and that was really upsetting to them. He was a Messiah or the messenger of God to the needy and the exploited wherever he visited. Jesus proclaimed himself as the son of God and assured his followers that he will help them. He could even make the blind to see again. His life story is well captured in the movie “Jesus from Nazareth’ that I saw about 24 years back in the US. Nazareth is the home town of Jesus. At times, I listen to the carol songs sung by Maranatha Singers preaching Lord Jesus and his ways.
In the real sense, Jesus became a savior to those we came to him for help. He dared to go against the tax collectors. He was arrested, put on trial and eventually crucified by the Romans. But 3 days later, as Jesus prophesied , on Easter Sunday – he was resurrected.
The only reason, I feel this day is called a Good Friday – because on this Friday of the Holy week ( referred to as ‘Holy’ last week in the life of Jesus), Jesus sacrificed and gave up his life for a Holy cause i.e., helping all the sinners get rid of their sins and go to heaven. Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday.
I quote from the New Testament –
16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 – For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.