Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, in prayer to the Father in Matthew 26: 39, 47-49: “He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ And while He was still speaking, behold Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”‘ Let this cup pass from Me: it was not the impending physical suffering that caused Jesus to pray this way; it was the reality of the sinless Son of God bearing the sins of the world and facing separation from His Father. Cup is a figure of speech for wrath in the Old Testament. Jesus became a curse for us and took the brunt of God’s righteous wrath against sin. Surely we can take a moment today and give thanks to Jesus Christ for His sacrifice for us all. Be safe this Easter weekend – HE HAS RISEN!

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