A few thoughts on Good Friday.

21 04 2014

For several years I attended Good Friday services even though I had not been raised to do so. I figured that it didn’t do any harm and thinking about the death of Christ is a good thing so might as well. A think a big push for me was that it was the fashionable thing to do. Most of my friends were attending the services so why shouldn’t I attend as well.

In the last year or two I began to rethink such actions. Some would still see no harm but I wanted to think Biblically not socially. If all my friends did something that I judged to be unBiblical would I simply go along or would I follow my own convictions.The Bible is clear that violating our conscience is a sin. This means that anything we believe to be wrong is wrong for us to do.

“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23)

Truth is not relative. Wrong is always wrong but whether others are sinning in celebrating such things even in good conscience I will leave to the Lord. For me I knew it was sin. The Bible does tell us to remember the Lord’s death until He comes but the command is not a once a year festival but rather a regular practice called the breaking of bread.

“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:26)

In the Bible this was done weekly. There is no command to do it weekly although some groups do and I would prefer that way myself. The problem with most churches is that they do it as a once a year ritual or worse every other year. The Scripture do not say “as little as ye do” they say “as oft as ye do.” The early disciples set a great example in meeting weekly for this purpose.

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” (Acts 20:7)

The purpose of Good Friday is to remember the death of Christ since many believe He died on a Friday. The question is then did Jesus die on a Friday? Many Christians have many different opinions. Some say Wednesday, some Thursday, and some Friday. Too often Christians follow human traditions when we have the inspired Word of God which should be our sole authority for faith and practice. So let’s look to the Bible for the answer.

The Bible says that Jesus would be in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights.

“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:40)

Many argue that in Jewish culture any part of a day represents the whole day so as long as Jesus was in the grave before 6:00pm on Friday then it’s okay. The problem is that I am a Biblical literalist and interpret the Bible in such a way. Some point out that He was killed on the preparation for the Sabbath but they forget there were 2 Sabbaths that week. There was the Passover which was a high Sabbath and a regular Sabbath. They also forget that if Jesus had died on Thursday or Friday the women would have had to violate the Sabbath to get and prepare the spices.

I believe that Jesus died on Wednesday towards the end of the day. They hasted to take down the body because the Sabbath was approaching which was the high day or Passover.

“The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.” (John 19:31)

I believe they all rested on the high Sabbath or Thursday then on Friday bought and prepared the spices before resting on the weekly Sabbath or Saturday.

“And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.” (Luke 23:56)

This puts Jesus in the grave Wednesday night (1 night), Thursday (1 day), Thursday night (2 night), Friday (2 days), Friday night (3 nights), Saturday (3 days). The day ended at 6:00pm so Jesus could have risen anytime after 6:00pm on Saturday. The women who had rested Thursdays Passover Sabbath then bought and prepared spices on Friday and rested the regular Sabbath now brought them early Sunday morning.

We are not told what time Jesus rose but He could have been risen all of Saturday night before the women came. We now the women came as it approached dawn but it was still dark so presumably before 6:00am on Sunday.

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” (Matthew 28:1)

“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.” (John 20:1)

So where did Good Friday come from. When I was a child very few if any non Catholic churches celebrated Good Friday. Today many churches are departing from the truth or seeking to be more like the culture and many are following the pernicious doctrines of Rome. I am amazed how many churches celebrate so called holy week as a church festival. The Roman Catholic Church is simply a continuation of the ancient Babylonian mystery religion and holds to many of practices. Friday was the day that the Philistines sacrificed to their fish god Dagon who was just another form of this mystery religion.

The original mother and son worshiped in this religion were Semiramis and Tammuz. This religion has always been a counterfeit to the true religion of God and so it was said that Tammuz was killed and brought back to life again. According to many of the Babylonian traditions it was said that Tammuz was killed on a Friday. This is where we get Good Friday. Modern evangelical and Protestants get it from Rome who herself inherited it from the Babylonian mysteries.

Considering the Biblical evidence for a Wednesday crucifixion, the origin of Good Friday, and a desire to uphold the authority of the Scriptures I chose to reject Good Friday. I am not pronouncing a sweeping condemnation of all who practice it but I highly recommend against it. Let each be fully persuaded in his own mind.



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