The Concept of Forgiveness of Good Friday
Good Friday is just right around the corner. You may have prepared all the necessary things that you need to celebrate this special day but still, all the celebration would be for nothing if you do not know the concept of forgiveness during Good Friday.
Good Friday is a day celebrated to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. At first, Jesus was regarded as a criminal omitting high treason. He was accused of being a rebel against the Roman Empire for he said a lot of words about God sweeping away the enemies of Israel which implies the downfall of the Roman Empire. A lot of people despised and condemned him. Pontius Pilate ordered his death by crucifixion, a way of dying during the ancient times for criminals who have committed extreme sins.
Although the crucifixion and the journey of Christ is one of the main themes of Good Friday, forgiveness is also a main part of it. This is also the main reason why the prayers and services on the church talk about forgiveness during the masses of Good Friday.
However, Jesus was not alone in the process. He still had some people backing him up and believing all the words that he is saying. He acted as the messenger of God and thus wants to inform the people of the upcoming dilemmas and disasters.
Jesus Christ suffered a painful and sorrowful journey on his way to the hillside of Rome where he will be crucified. He was beaten, whipped, dressed in a crown of thorns, and he carried a huge heavy cross while walking. Upon arrival at the destination, he was crucified along with two criminals named James and John.
These two criminals had committed serious crimes enough for them to be crucified. One of the criminals felt bitter. With arrogance, he asked Jesus Christ to prove himself worthy and correct by giving him a place in this special kingdom he talks about. On the other hand, the other criminal believed that Jesus had done nothing wrong to deserve his death. For one last time, he asked for forgiveness. He did not demand Jesus to give him a place in the special kingdom. Instead, he asked Jesus to have him remembered even just a little bit while Christ is in the Kingdom. This humbling and faithful speech allowed Jesus to give man the forgiveness that he deserves. And with that, he was able to ascend to the kingdom and have a special place in it.