Friday, April 6, 2007

Good Friday

"Good Friday" is the Friday before Easter, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The English and Dutch call it "Good Friday." Other languages call it:

  • Israel = Big Friday
  • Germany = Sad/Mourning Friday
  • Several Eastern European languages= Great Friday
  • Latin America = Holy Friday
  • Scandinavia = Long Friday

Why do we call it good?

  • Some say the word good has a secondary definition of holy.
  • Some think that the word used to be God's Friday, and over time has been changed to Good Friday. Similar to the popular phrase "Good-bye" was shortened from "God be with you."
  • Friday is good in spite of all the tragedy and pain, because it brought about the greatest good in that death could not hold Jesus in the tomb, and HE AROSE victorious over sin, hell, and death!

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