Today, April 2, 2010, all Christians of the world -- including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant -- celebrate Good Friday. This is the day that Jesus died on the cross, and two days later He had risen from the dead.
Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Many Christians spend Good Friday in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Jesus on the cross.
Long before His crucifixion, Jesus knew it was His Father's will for Him to die. He proves His knowledge and understanding of His death in several passages of the Bible, including the following one:
"Then Jesus began to tell them that He, the Son of Man, would suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed and three days later He would rise again."-Mark 8:31
Jesus offered His life in sacrifice for the remission of the sins of humanity. He was crucified -- the most cruel and humiliating death.
Jesus' death was not in vain; rather, His death was an act of love for mankind, and His Resurrection indicates that mankind will not die in vain, but will be saved in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Indeed, Easter can be considered the happiest day of the year, because it celebrates the Resurrection of Christ, and the Kingdom of Heaven that awaits mankind.
Christos Anesti! Christ has Risen! Alithos Anesti! He has Truly Risen!