Have you been wondering the same too? Why term this day of lent as good when we Christians do nothing but mourn and fast?
If you’re wondering, Good Friday is that day when Jesus Christ is supposedly crucified on the cross. It falls on a day before Easter (YES! The day right before the Easter egg day!) And no, we are not allowed to go around wishing people ‘My you have a very Good Friday’ today.
I have no issues in claiming that these days I have paid very less attention to the working of the church. But I did manage to pay a little attention to the proceedings of the Good Friday service I just returned from.
Throughout the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus Christ is known as the King of the Holy Kingdom. And the same king comes down to earth in the form of a man and endures humanly pain and suffering. He washes the feet of his disciples, forgives Judas the traitor and acts in simplified humility under various occasions.
Taking from two other religions, Hinduism and Islam, there are instances where the Ram accepts banishment for 14 years and lives the life of a simple man in a forest and Prophet Mohammed endures suffering for his people. You may be an atheist, and believe that various religious rituals and pointless. Some of them are.
But all religions have one thing in common besides few others, to constantly remind its followers that we are after all humans, mere entities in the whole wide universe. And for eternal liberation and to reach self actualization (or the point of wisdom) we need to simply persevere, remain humble and keep our feet planted on the ground.
And days like Good Friday is a mere reminder that all of us can still hold on and remain simple, in spite of the credits we own and the certificates that we’ve earned. That even if you’re an Emperor, scientist or a farmer, our acts and deeds can go on to become a global influence, provided we can always accept the suffering that is thrown to us.
Actually, at the end of it, Good Friday has turned to be sort of an inspiration to me.
And if Jesus Christ, who as a mere man, was strong enough to change millions of life even today, then I’m positive that you can too.
Happy Easter. 🙂
– Shaun D’souza