What Is the Significance of Good Friday?


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Good Friday is recognized by Christians as the day Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. On that day, Jesus hung on a cross to die for the people he loved so that he could rise again on Easter Sunday.

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Good Friday, which is the end of Holy Week, as the week before Easter is called, culminates with the remembrance of the tortuous death Christ endured to bring salvation and everlasting life to his people. On that day, he was beaten, whipped, spat upon and cursed at. He carried his cross to the top of a mountain, was nailed to that cross and left to die.

His death that day not only fulfilled the Old Testament scriptures about his sacrifice, but also set the stage for his resurrection on Easter. The beating he took on Good Friday fulfilled the prophesy in Isaiah 53 that states "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed." Christians take comfort in knowing that even though Christ was killed on Good Friday, he brought new life, healing and the promise of salvation when he rose on Easter morning.

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