Good Friday and Easter

If the life, happiness and freedom of your friends were at stake, and it would be solved with your death, would you want to give your life? That’s a tough question, isn’t it?

Jesus does

In fact, this is exactly what Jesus did. He did that for you. For me. For all. But how can a man, who lived 2000 years ago, still be significant today? Jesus traveled the country during the last three years of his life, preaching and teaching. His words stirred up things! When he arrived in Jerusalem to celebrate Easter (this is remembered on Palm Sunday), he was introduced to the city in grandiose fashion, as you can see in the video. Masses of people welcomed him. They thought that their liberation from the Roman oppressor would be brought about by a revolution.

The cross is the most well-known symbol for Christians. It’s the symbol of the horrible death of Jesus Christ. But that’s not all.

Can you imagine what you would feel if a good friend is gone? One of Jesus’ friends wants to mourn at his grave. On the early Easter morning, Mary Magdalene is on her way to the tomb where they buried him.

But it was different

Jesus was condemned as a criminal and died a terrible death on a wooden cross. That is what we commemorate on Good Friday. But it does not end here. The new life finally begins on the early morning of Easter.

Jesus had thought of something far greater and more beautiful than we could ever imagine. Because the tomb of Jesus is empty. He lives, even today!

Grande Finale

That's the reason Easter is in Christianity the grande finale of Gods rescue and restoration plan for the world. With Easter, the church remembers and is reminded that death isn't the end, that suffering isn't final, that there will be a glorious new start!

The apostle Thomas is often seen as a doubter. It is understandable that Thomas does not simply believe in the first story of the risen Christ. He wants to see it for himself and feel it. The risen Lord meets Thomas in this, and He comes again. And no one came closer to the risen Lord than Thomas, who was invited by Jesus to even put his fingers in the wounds.

People hoped Jesus was coming to free them from the enemies. But Jesus was arrested by the Roman rulers. Peter became afraid but watched when they interrogated Jesus and were beating him and said even cursing that he didn't know him. When they met after the resurrection, they had to have an honest conversation.

When is it Easter?

Western Church:

Sunday, April 12, 2020
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Sunday, April 9, 2023
Sunday March 31, 2024
Sunday, April 20, 2025

Eastern Church:

Sunday, April 19, 2020
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Sunday, April 16, 2023
Sunday, May 5, 2024
Sunday, April 20, 2025

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