Christians around the world are observing Good Friday and commemorating the death of Jesus of Nazareth on a cross outside of Israel's capital, Jerusalem. Christians believe that this has filled centuries of the prophecy of a savior who would pay the penalty for sin in reconciling humanity with God in a saga that would reach its peak on Easter Sunday.
Many people know that Christians regard Good Friday as a sacred opportunity, but what exactly do Christians in the Middle East believe in the year 30 AD
Christmas, Good Friday and Easter together form the three basic events of which Christians believe that they are the center of the story that will determine the destiny of humanity. While these words in a pluralistic and relativistic culture, such as modern America, seem staggering to billions of believing Christians over the last two thousand years, that was the basic conviction of their lives. For millions of Americans today, these central pillars of the Christian faith make up the entire focus of their time on Earth.
The Old Testament is full of evidences and prophecies about a Messiah (a Hebrew word translating to "Christ") in Greek) who would deliver God's people. God has promised Abraham that one of his descendants would bless all the nations of the earth. His grandson Jacob, who changed his name to Israel and became the namesake of the Jewish state, explained that this Savior would come through his own son, Judah. Judah's descendant, King David, noted God's promise that this future leader would be one of his descendants.
Old Testament prophets continued to express these promises, of which Isaiah 53 is one of many examples. There, the prophet Isaiah foretells a "man of pain" who would be shattered because of our transgressions [and] for our sins. "According to Isaiah, this person would be told that his suffering" brought us peace "that" he will bear their iniquities, "and that" he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors. "
Christians believe that Jesus fulfilled all these prophecies, narrated in the four Gospels recorded in the New
From the Gospel According to Mark:
As soon as morning came, the chief priests consulted the elders and they took Jesus and led him away, and gave him Pilate, and Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" And he answered, "Thou hast said it." And the chief priests He was accused of many things, and Pilate asked him again, "Do not you have an answer? See how many charges they make against you. "But Jesus did not answer, so Pilate was astonished."
Now at the banquet he released a prisoner whom they inquired about, and there was a man among the rebels in the jail who had committed murder in the uprising And the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do what he normally did for them, and he answered them and said, "Do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?" For he saw that the High Priest saved him out of envy, but the high priests fanned the crowd to release him instead for Barabbas, and Pilate said to them again, "What shall I do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?" And they cried again, Crucify him! And Pilate said to them, "Why did he do evil?" But they cried out even more, "Crucify him." So Pilate, who wanted to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them, and after he scourged Jesus, he gave him crucifixion.
And the soldiers led him into the palace (ie the governor's headquarters), and they summoned the whole battalion. And they dressed him in a purple cloak and twisted a crown of thorns, which they laid on him. And they began to greet him: "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they hit his head with a pipe and spat at him, kneeling in his honor. And when they mocked him, they took off his purple cloak and put his clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
And they forced a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who came from the land, the father of Alexander and Rufus to carry his cross. And they took him to the place of Golgotha (which means "skull"). And they offered him wine, mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his clothes among them, throwing lots for them to decide what everyone should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the indictment against him was "The King of the Jews." And with him they crucified two robbers, one to his right and one to his left. And the passers-by mocked him, wagging their heads and saying, "Aha, you who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself and come down from the cross!" So did the chief priests mocking him with the scribes and said, He saved others; he can not save himself. Let the Christ, King of Israel, come down now from the cross, which we can see and believe. "Those who were crucified with him also cursed him.
And when the sixth hour came, darkness prevailed throughout the land until the ninth hour, and in the ninth hour, Jesus shouted in a loud voice," Eloi, Eloi "lema sabacthani?" meaning, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" And some of the bystanders who heard it said, "Behold, he calls Elijah. "And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a tube and gave it to him to drink, and said," Wait, let's see if Elijah will come to kill him. "And Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last breath, and the temple curtain was torn in two from top to bottom, and when the captain who faced him saw that he was making his last breath that way, he said: "Verily, this man was the Son of God!"
There were also women who looked up from afar Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jacob, the younger, Joseph, and Salome. "When he was in Galilee, they followed him and served him, and there were also many other women who came with him to Jerusalem
And when the evening had come, as it was the day of preparation, that is, on the day before the sabbath took Joseph of Arimathea respected member of the council, who also sought after the kingdom of God, courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died And when he called the captain, he asked him if he is already dead and as When he learned from the captain that he was dead, he gave Joseph the corpse. And Joseph bought a linen cloth and took it down, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a grave that had been carved out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. Mary Magdelene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid
Mark 15: 1-47 (ESV).
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