What is “Good Friday”? What Does Easter Celebrate?

Good Friday is actually very important. Good Friday has been described as the crux of time, itself. Good Friday is the day that Jesus was crucified. Easter is not about Easter bunnies and Chocolates… It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead – never to die again.

Did you ever notice that Easter varies so much as to what time of year it is celebrated? Easter is actually determined by Good Friday – not the other way around as you might suppose. Easter is the first Sunday after the first Friday after the first full moon after the Spring (Vernal) equinox. Good Friday came within one day of being as early as is possible in the year 2008 because the full moon and the spring equinox fell on the 21st. This will not happen again until 2106. The earliest possible Easter is March 22. The next occurrence of the earliest possible Easter will be March 22, 2285. The last time it fell on the 22nd was in the year 1818. The latest possible Easter is May 10. Easter has not fallen on the 9th or the 10th ever in history. The first time in history that it will fall on the 9th will be the year 2173. We will not see a May 10th Easter until the year 2268. The dates listed above may be verified at timeanddate.com

A lot happened on Good Friday. It is also known as Holy Friday and several other names.

On the original Good Friday, Jesus was convicted of blasphemy in front of a kangaroo court. He admitted to being God Incarnate (God in a human body so to speak) and that was the last straw! They did not throw Jesus in an insane asylum like they might, today — the religious leaders demanded his death! Jewish leaders did not have the authority to execute people under Roman Law so they took Him to Pontius Pilate. Pilate wanted to release Jesus badly — especially since Pilate’s wife had had a disturbing dream about Jesus. But the Jewish people would not hear of it. Instead of letting Jesus off the hook, they let a rebel named Barabbas walk.

Pilate had Jesus scourged. This is the most heinous thing you can imagine. The whip was tipped with bone and iron shards so it cut through both skin and muscle. Many people did not survive a scourge. This did not satisfy the people. They want Jesus dead.

On the third day (early Sunday morning — Approx. 36 hours after He died — if the Good Friday model is correct. Jesus was actually dead only one full day: Saturday. He died Friday evening and was raised sometime before sunup on Sunday morning.) some people went to Jesus’ grave but he was gone. He had been resurrected! And He still lives! This is now known as Easter.

Jesus was taken up to heaven approximately 40 days after He was resurrected, and now rules at God the Father’s right hand.

The angels that attended Jesus’ ascension told us that Jesus will be coming back in the same way He was taken to Heaven.

And He’s coming back soon!

Maranatha!

  • By A.L. Howard, April 5, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    Was Jesus crucified on a Friday? There is good reason to believe that it was actually a Thursday…

    Good Thursday
    Remember that the tradition of Good Friday is derived from the notice in Mark 15:42 which reads, “It was Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath.” An intriguing likelihood raised by John’s chronology is that “the preparation day” of Mark 15 is not necessarily the preparation day for the weekly Sabbath, but rather the preparation day for the High Sabbath of Unleavened Bread. John, in fact, states this explicitly saying, “Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was a High Sabbath.” (John 19:31). Since the High Sabbath of the 15th day of Nissan might fall on any given day of the week, the day of preparation before it need not be a Friday. Instead, depending on which weekday the High Sabbath of Unleavened Bread occurred on, the preparation day could be any day of the week.

    It is possible that in the year the Master died, the High Sabbath of Unleavened Bread fell on Friday. In that event, Thursday would become the preparation day. Thursday would be the day when everyone prepared to keep the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread. Therefore, Thursday would have been the day of the crucifixion. It would be Good Thursday, not Good Friday. Not only would that circumstance allow for each of the above cited Sabbath objections to be met, but it amazingly allows for a more realistic three days and three nights in the tomb, a total span of 49-57 hours.

    Read the details at:

    http://www.bethimmanuel.org/articles/passover-and-passion-chronology

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