Friday, April 10, 2009

It's Good Friday. According to Christian Belief, Jesus Was Crucified And Died On Good Friday.

("The Judas Kiss" by Gustave Dore, 1866)

It's Good Friday. According to Chrsitian Belief, Jesus was crucified and died on Good Friday. The New Testament says that Jesus was arrested because Judas betrayed him. When questioned, Jesus told a priest that he was the son of god, and was condemned to death for blasphemy. The death sentence was thereafter confirmed, and people have spent thousands of years arguing over who, ultimately, was responsible.

(Pontius Pilate and Jesus by Antonio Ciseri)

Jesus was flogged, had a crown of thorns put on his head to ridicule him, then carried the cross on which he would be crucified to Calvary where he was nailed to the cross and left to die.

("Christ Carrying The Cross" by El Greco, 1580)

Jesus suffered in agony for six hours before he finally died. During the last 3 hours that Jesus hung on the cross, the entire land became dark. Many churches today have a special service at 3:00 p.m. on Good Friday to commemorate the last three hours of Jesus’ suffering on the cross. In some countries, Christians stage processions known as the stations of the cross to commemorate Jesus’ last hours on earth.

A sword was thrust into Jesus’ side after he died to confirm that he was dead.

Some of the followers of Jesus were allowed to take his body after his death. They cleaned it, wrapped it in linen cloth, placed myrrh inside the linen, and put it in a tomb that had been carved into rock in a garden near Calvary. When Jesus’ followers returned to the tomb on Sunday [now called Easter Sunday], the heavy rock had been moved aside, and his body was gone. Jesus’ followers believed that Jesus had "risen" to be with God.

("Crucifixion" by Michelangelo, 1541)

J. S. Bach, "The Passion According to St. Matthew," The Munich Bach Orchestra and Choir, Karl Richter conducting. "The Passion" refers to the crucifixion and suffering of Jesus.

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