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This is the day He suffered,
This is the day He died,
The day that He was martyred,
The day the angels cried.


This is the day the soldiers jeered,
When they nailed him to the cross,
The day that foolish people cheered,
Not aware of their great loss.

This is the day the doves flew away,
The day that His blood ran free,
This is the day mankind was saved,
This day at Calvary.



This is the day of heartache,
The day of sacrifice,
This is the day He led the way,
Into Paradise.

This is the day we need to pray,
We need to fall upon our knees,
This is the day we need to say,
Father, forgive us, please.

 

 

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What is Good Friday? by Share Faith

When is Good Friday celebrated?

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is the most solemn day in the Christian calendar. The dates of Good Friday, which vary each year, falls on the last Friday before Easter. It is the pinnacle of the Holy Week. All Christians observe this day with great humility and reverence. It is this spirit of humility and reverence that is reflected in each of the Good Friday PowerPoints, which can be used as a preaching aid on Good Friday.

History of Good Friday
As early as the first century, the Church set aside every Friday as a special day of prayer and fasting. It was not until the fourth century, however, that the Church began observing the Friday before Easter as the day associated with the crucifixion of Christ. First called Holy or Great Friday by the Greek Church, the name "Good Friday" was adopted by the Roman Church around the sixth or seventh century. This collection of
Good Friday videos reflect the types of traditions associated with the history of Good Friday.

Good Friday Origins
There are two possible origins for the name "Good Friday". The first may have come from the Gallican Church in Gaul (modern-day France and Germany). The name "Gute Freitag" is Germanic in origin and literally means "good" or "holy" Friday. The second possibility is a variation on the name "God's Friday," where the word "good" was used to replace the word "God," which was often viewed as too holy to be spoken aloud.

Good Friday Traditions
Good Friday rituals and traditions are distinct from every other Church observances. They add to Good Friday's significance. The ceremony is somber, with priests and deacons dressing in black vestments. The pulpit and the altar are bare; no candles are lit. The purpose behind the solemn presentation is to create an awareness of grief over the sacrifice of God's only begotten Son. Today, many churches hold special services on Good Friday evening to commemorate this important day.


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Billy Graham Answers Question
 
About Good Friday

 

I've never understood why people refer to the day that Jesus died as "Good Friday." It seems to me that Jesus' death was a great tragedy, because it brought the life of an innocent man to an end. What's so good about that? — K.F.

You're right, up to a point; Jesus was innocent of any crime, and from a human standpoint He didn't deserve to die. You also are right in saying that Jesus' death was a great tragedy—for it was.

Why do Christians call the day of His death "Good Friday"? They do so because of what He accomplished for us on that day. The key is to understand who Jesus was, and why He came into the world. Jesus wasn't just another human being; He was also God in human flesh. Jesus Himself declared, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).

And the reason He came into the world was to deal with the greatest problem of the human race: the problem of our sins. Jesus was perfect and without sin—but on the cross all our sins were transferred to Him, and He died in our place. We deserved to die on that cross, but Jesus took the punishment we deserve—and because He did, we can be forgiven and cleansed of all our sins.

Yes, it was a tragedy Jesus had to die—and the reason He had to die was because of us. There was no other way for our sins to be forgiven, and no other way for heaven's door to be opened to us. He was willing to do this because He loves us, and He doesn't want us to spend eternity apart from Him. Open your heart to Christ today, and when you do, it truly will become your "Good Friday"!

 
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