It was just a few days after Christmas when the major supermarkets in Australia stocked their shelves with Good Friday’s hot-cross buns. They do it every year in spite of howls of protests from the general public. Of course, for the retail sector Easter is simply another marketing opportunity and clearly, the product sells, so for all those who protest many more don’t share their concern. The significance of the Christian seasons is of little interest to the likes of Coles and Woollies and the same may be said for a large section of the community.
However, Holy Week and Easter are the most significant and important events for Christians, more so than Christmas. The Christian faith has its very foundation and purpose in the events of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Good Friday we recall that Jesus, the perfect, sinless, Son of God was handed over to be crucified. His crime? Claiming to be the Son of God! Christians understand that by his death, Jesus, taking upon himself the sins of the world, reconciles us to God. That is what makes what was a terrible Friday a good Friday.
But the climax comes on Easter morning when we recall that Jesus was raised from the dead. Christians understand that in this resurrection event the power of death was broken and those who put their faith in what Jesus has accomplished, though they die a physical death, will live beyond death in a glorious eternity with God.
If the significance of this has been lost on you we invite you to reconnect with the story, the emotion, and the experience of this special season by attending a Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday service.