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Faith-Filled Good Friday, April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

Good Friday seems like an odd name for the day Jesus Christ died. In Germany, it is known as Karfreitag, or Sorrowful Friday.
There is a lot of sadness that goes with Good Friday. Jesus suffered brutal beatings. He was mocked and ridiculed. He was in pain from the crown of thorns pierced into his skin and the sword stab in his side. He tolerated the abuse because he loved us. He knew he needed to make the final sacrifice for our sins.
Good Friday is celebrated in different ways around the globe. In London, England a play depicting the crucifixion is held at Trafalgar Square and it is live-streamed so those around the world can see it. However, it was cancelled this year, 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Israel, many people walk the same path up to Calvary Hill as Jesus did so many years ago.
In Bermuda, locals fly kites. It seems strange that such a serious day would be a day of flying kites, but it is to symbolize Jesus’s ascension into Heaven.
Here in America and many other places around the globe, this day is celebrated with fasting, prayer, Bible reading, singing hymns, meditation, and attending church service.
The annual Good Friday procession in Bensheim, Germany, is perhaps one of the biggest and most elaborate in the world. Every year families from the local Italian community put on a reenactment of the betrayal, sentencing, scourging and death of Jesus in a theatrical and elaborate performance.
In Iztapalapa, Mexico, 4,000 actors reenact Christ’s walk to his death. One man, chosen for his character and strength, goes the extra mile by playing the role of Jesus. He wears a crown of thorns and is flogged in the streets, all while carrying a 200-pound cross.

Yet this day has a very good meaning as well. Jesus died for a reason – to save us and take away our sins. He loved us that much.
Here are some KJV Bible verses that you might like to use in your Bible reading today:
Isaiah 53:5,6
But 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. All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Matthew 26:2
“Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.”
1 Corinthians 15:3,4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Mark 8:31
And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and of the chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Mark 9:31,32
For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, “The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.” But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Mark 14:1,2
After two days was the feast of the Passover and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

Good Friday Traditions From Around the World – The Daily Meal
http://www.thedailymeal.com › holidays › good-friday-traditions-gallery
Apr 15, 2019 – Berumuda has one of the most unique Good Friday traditions. On this holy day, the locals celebrate by flying kites and eating a feast of codfish …

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