Good Friday has actually been referred to as the core of time, in itself. Good Friday is the day in which Jesus was nailed to cross. Easter is not about Easter bunnies and delicious chocolates. It is the day that Jesus rose up from the dead – never to die again. A great deal happened on Good Friday. It is also known as Holy Friday and also various additional names.
Did you by chance notice that Easter varies so much as to just what time of year it is actually celebrated? Easter is in fact calculated by Good Friday; not vice versa as you might just presume. Easter is the first Sunday following the very first Friday after the first full moon after the springtime (Vernal) equinox. Good Friday took place within one day of being actually as early as is possible in the year 2008 given that the full moon and the springtime equinox took place on the 21st. This will not actually happen again until 2106. The earliest potential Easter is March 22. The next occurrence of the earliest potential Easter will be March 22, 2285. The very last occasion it fell on the 22nd was in the year 1818. The latest possible Easter is May 10. Easter has not fallen on the 9th or the 10th ever before in history. The very first time in history in which it will fall on the 9th will be the year 2173. We will not see a May 10th Easter in advance of the year 2268. Dates may be validated online.
On the original Good Friday, Jesus was declared guilty of blasphemy before a kangaroo court. He acknowledged to being God Incarnate (God in a body so to speak) which was the last straw! They did not toss Jesus in an insane asylum like they might possibly, today. The religious leaders demanded his death! Jewish leaders did not possess the jurisdiction to execute individuals under Roman law so they brought Him to Pontius Pilate. Pilate desired to release Jesus desperately, especially since Pilate’s wife had had a disturbing dream about Jesus. But the Jewish people would not hear of it. Rather than letting Jesus off the hook, they let a rebel called Barabbas walk.
Pilate had Jesus scourged. This is the most horrendous thing you can picture. The whip was tipped with bone and iron shards so it sliced through both skin and muscle. Many people did not withstand a scourge. This did not appease the people. They really wanted Jesus dead.
On the third day (early Sunday morning– approximately 36 hours after He died. Jesus was in fact dead just one full day: Saturday. He died Friday evening and was raised sometime before sunrise on Sunday morning.) Some people went to Jesus’ tomb but He was gone. He had been resurrected! And He still lives! This is now referred to as Easter.
Jesus was taken up to heaven somewhere around 40 days after He rose. The angels that attended His ascension told us that Jesus would be returning in the very same way He was taken to Heaven.
And He’s coming back soon!