Good Friday has actually been described as the core of time, itself. Good Friday is the day which Jesus was crucified. Easter is not actually about Easter bunnies and delicious chocolates. This is the day that Jesus rose from the dead – never to die again. A lot transpired on Good Friday. It is additionally called Holy Friday and numerous other names.
Did you ever realize that Easter can vary so much as to what time of year it is actually celebrated? Easter is actually determined by Good Friday; not the other way around as you might presume. Easter is the first Sunday following the first Friday immediately after the first full moon after the spring (Vernal) equinox. Good Friday came within one day of being as early as is possible in the year 2008 due to the fact that the full moon and the spring equinox fell on the 21st. This will not occur again until 2106. The earliest possible Easter is March 22. The next occurrence of the earliest potential Easter will be March 22, 2285. The last time it fell on the 22nd was in the year 1818. The latest potential Easter is May 10. Easter has not fallen on the 9th or the 10th at any time in history. The first time in history in which it will fall on the 9th will be the year 2173. We will not observe a May 10th Easter until the year 2268. Dates may be authenticated on the internet.
On the initial Good Friday, Jesus was declared guilty of blasphemy before a kangaroo court. He acknowledged to being God Incarnate (God in a human body so to speak) which was the straw that broke the camel’s back! They did not throw Jesus in a sanitarium similar to they may perhaps, at present. The spiritual leaders demanded his death! Jewish leaders did not possess the jurisdiction to execute individuals governed by Roman law so they took Him to Pontius Pilate. Pilate wanted to release Jesus badly, most especially since Pilate’s wife had had a disturbing dream about Jesus. But the Jewish people would not hear of it. Instead of letting Jesus off the hook, they let a rebel named Barabbas walk.
Pilate had Jesus scourged. This is the most atrocious thing you can imagine. The whip was tipped with bone and iron shards so it sliced through both skin and muscle. Many individuals did not withstand a scourge. This did not appease the people. They wanted Jesus dead.
On the third day (very early Sunday morning– roughly 36 hours after He died. Jesus was actually dead only one full day: Saturday. He died Friday evening and was raised sometime prior to sunrise on Sunday morning.) Some people visited Jesus’ grave but He was gone. He had been resurrected! And He still lives! This is now called Easter.
Jesus was taken up to heaven somewhere around 40 days after He rose. The angels that attended His ascent told us that Jesus would be coming again in the same way He was taken to Heaven.
And He’s coming back soon!