God’s Friday / Good Friday / Passion Friday
Passion Friday or ‘Friday of Passion‘ as we Orthodox rightly call is the day when our Creator died for His creation. He did die for the good of mankind. Christ, Who arrived as a king triumphant, was crucified like a criminal today.
Christ, Who was honored with palm branches, is crowned with thorns today. Christ, Who was adored with singing is mocked with jeers today. Christ, Who was borne victoriously on the foal of an ass, bears the burden of the cross today.
There are three crosses on the hill of Calvary today.
THE CROSS OF SINNER WHO DIED IN SIN, CONDEMNED FOR SINS
The left side cross is the thief at the left side of Jesus. He had the same opportunity to accept Lord. He had seen all the things that the other thief saw. But he did not discern the salvation through the Lord but also hardened his mind, so was condemned to hell. Some people are ashamed to worship Christ in this life and it is impossible for such one to accept Christ in the other world. Those who want to worship Lord in eternity should worship Him while in this life.
THE CROSS OF SINNER WHO DIED WITH SINS FORGIVEN
The right side cross is of the sinner who dies due to sin, but saved by the Savior. Having living all his life in sin, he took the first opportunity to forsake all his wrong ways and put trust in Lord. He had the goodwill to discern the sinless Savior at his eleventh hour and put trust in Jesus and gain Paradise. He was the most fortunate one who could enter paradise even before Adam.
THE CROSS OF OUR SAVIOR WHO DIED FOR OUR SINS
The Center Cross is of our Savior who dies for our sin. He bore our sins and trespasses and bought us with His atoning blood that streamed on the cross. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities and through his stripes we are healed. His passion was the voluntary sacrifice made by a Divine Being for us men and for our salvation.
He died for us, let us live for Him!!!