Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

Leading the Stations of the Cross are Fr Darrell Irvine Fr Mathew Koottianiyil and Fr Ray Johnson Leading the Stations of the Cross are Fr Darrell Irvine Fr Mathew Koottianiyil and Fr Ray Johnson. Nev Madsen
Madeline Patrick | 16 April, 2017, 03:01

What has Jesus told you that you have not yet believed? It is considerably more than that.

This ancient greeting is shared in many parts of the world even in modern times during the Easter season, especially in eastern European countries, and it is carried from one household to another not only as a friendly greeting but as a clear proclamation of a person's Christian faith. It wasn't for our sake alone but for all who trust in Christ. In one, we celebrate a resurgence of life on the earth after the cold and bareness of winter.

Actor Brendan Paul, portraying Jesus Christ, carries a wooden cross during a religious performance to mark Easter on Good Friday in central Sydney, Australia, April 14, 2017. On this day, a markable presence of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance observed. With that, we will all have a NEW HOPE, that death will not be our end, but rather our everlasting life, if we love God and follow his commandments. There is simply no other way (Acts 4:12). Easter will restore us all as God's children to the original state of grace, and Christ will prove his power as God. Christians consider Jesus to have been the the promised Messiah, or savior, of the people.

In the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world, Easter Sunday is a national bank holiday, and most shops will be closed. "Do you believe this?". That is the gospel. During the 40 days Lent/Fasting before the Easter Day, eating animal products even eggs were not allowed. Remember what He said to the thief on the cross? I promise you this.

So, what does all this mean for us today?

The New Patriotic Party in an Easter message has urged all Ghanaians "to reflect soberly on the important sacrifice Jesus Christ made for humanity".

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Tradition says this was the route Jesus took in his final days in the place where he was condemned to die, given a cross, forced to wear a crown of thorns, and ultimately crucified.

Many Christians will go to church for a special Easter sermon.

Some people may think "proselytize" is a dirty word, but that depends on how you define and practice it. In the other, we celebrate and give thanks to God for his gift of life to mankind, a gift that saves us from ourselves. We have the writings and witness of many down through the centuries, yet, do we believe them and come to a saving faith in Jesus?

Although we will have numerous same experiences as non-Christians, we believe that God will be with us and keep us in His care during the hard times.

Father John E. Afendoulis, pastor of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Newport, the only Orthodox Church on Aquidneck Island, provides an explanation. They know this will be the biggest Sunday attendance of the year, Christmas included.

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