Today, Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and Christians throughout the world this weekend will commemorate the crucifixion, and three days later, the resurrection of the Person they believe to be their Lord and Savior.
Well over 2000 years ago Christ was born to the Virgin Mary and pronounced the Savior of the world. His three-year ministry, which began when he was 30 years old, was to preach and teach His disciples and other followers salvation and how it was attained. He stressed repentance, (asking for forgiveness of one’s sins), following which God would show mercy. Jesus also taught the people the three cardinal (fundamental and key) virtues—Faith, Hope and Love. The greatest of these, He said, was love. And He commanded his disciples to love their neighbors as themselves. Their neighbor, He told them, was everyone, without exception.
Jesus pronounced himself the Son of God, a claim, totally rejected by his own people, the Jews, who never accepted him as the long expected Messiah and because of their dislike for Him demanded that the Roman Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, have Jesus nailed to the cross and crucified.
And though Pontius Pilate told the angry crowd demanding Jesus’ crucifixion that he “found no fault in this man,” Pilate ordered Jesus whipped and then crucified on the cross, which was on Friday, being commemorated worldwide today.
On the third day, Sunday, however, Jesus rose from the dead. One of his friends, Mary Magdalene, went to the grave early Sunday morning to anoint his body but to her utter surprise, found the tomb empty.
She began to weep, not knowing where they had laid the Master. But shortly thereafter, in the cemetery, Jesus appeared to Mary and she immediately recognized him and his voice.
He told her to go to town and tell Peter and the other disciples that He was no longer in the grave but had risen from the dead. Peter ran to the tomb and found it empty, just as Mary had reported. He therefore returned to the other disciples and told them the good news.
Jesus promised he would come again to judge the living and the dead. Christians are therefore looking forward to the Second Coming of Christ.
This weekend commemorates the most important period in the history of Christianity—the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Christians who observed the 40 days of fasting and abstinence during the Lenten Season, will attend church services on Easter Day and break their fast, joining hundreds of millions who did not observe the fast, in feasting and celebration.
They will greet each other saying, “He is raised.” And the response will be, “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!!