Friday, April 3, 2015

Today is Good Friday

Today is Good Friday

Yesterday was Maundy Thursday when Jesus washed the feet of his 12 disciples before he took Last Supper with them. Jesus instructed them with a new commandment to love one another.

Today is a Good Friday, a sad day in the Holy Week, the anniversary of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and death on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Jesus was hung on the cross around 3 PM. It is a day of fasting, prayer and remembrance of final hours of Jesus.

An innocent man was killed without committing any crime. And look at the crowd (mob) gathered at the place, they chose Barabbas, the notorious prisoner to be released and Jesus of Nazareth to be crucified. The crowd was made of Jews or supporters of Barabbas was debated throughout the world, but the fact remains that an innocent man was crucified.

And look at the mercy of this Great Man,

He made 7 final statements during his last hours on cross.

Jesus speaks to the father (God), said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

Jesus speaks to the Criminal on the Cross, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

Jesus speaks to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son, and to the disciple, "here is your mother."

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?" (My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?). He cried again, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit".

He said, "I am thirsty."

He said, "It is finished."  (dying or purpose of his coming to earth finished)

And lastly, he called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." And he breathed his last.

It was as a sacrifice and placing himself in God's hands.

What a greatness and generosity of the "Son of the Father", he forgave them who killed him. And he surrendered his spirit in God's hand. And as true son, he spoke to father, Eli, eli, Lama sabachthani?"

Knowingly or unknowingly, many of us perform the role of Judas Iscariot (betrayed Jesus for 30 silver coins), temple aristocracy, the roman governor, the mob, even today. Let us forgive the people betrayed or hurt us, let us love all and let us surrender ourselves to God. (मामेकं शरणं व्रज).

It is a sad day today for Christian friends to remember crucifixion of Jesus but don't worry, Jesus the most loving son of his Father, after 3 days, on Easter Sunday, Resurrected.

Punamchand
3 April 2015
Good Friday

NB: The date of Good Friday vary every year because it is determined on a lunisolar calendar. 

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