Christians around the world mark today — Good Friday — as a turning point in their faith and a time of healing for all who believe in the miracle of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the story of Easter.
In observance of the holiday, we shall have more to say about this Biblical rebirth of mankind in Sunday’s edition. In the meantime, and in reverence to the message of Good Friday and of Easter Sunday, we thought it appropriate to point to a few of the most familiar Scriptures that lend credence among believers to this faith-based miracle.
Bible scholars, and historians within the Christian ranks, certainly are far better versed than we in telling the story of the death, and the life, of Jesus. But these are just a few common grounds on which Christians worldwide base their faith in this precious season of renewal:
- Mark 9:31: “For he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.’”
- 1 Peter 2:24: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
- Mark 10:34: “And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”
- Mark 8:31: “And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.”
- Leviticus 23:1-44: “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, these are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places. These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord’s Passover.”
- Matthew 12:40: “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
- Matthew 4:1-25: “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple.”
- Mark 15:42: “And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is the day before the Sabbath ...”
- Psalm 121:3-8: “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.”
These scriptures, researched on www.openbible.info, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, listing a 2001 Copyright by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Today’s arrival of Good Friday and the traditional observation of the Easter season brings with it a renewed spirit in the hearts and minds of those who strengthen their lives by its message of hope, promise and forgiveness.
Truly, it is a joyous time.
To all who celebrate it, may we offer Happy Easter!