As Christians around the world celebrate Easter, several devout believers in the Philippines are taking it a step further by reenacting the crucifixion for real, in a practice frowned upon by Church leaders in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.
Christians around the globe will participate in Good Friday and Easter Service this weekend. "It's a prayerful holiday, lets worship Jesus Christ for he was crucified for us and be peaceful and cautious, especially for those who will be travelling". Graces were showered on them because they chose not to follow a "comfortable" version of Christ, but instead, the real Christ - Christ in utter helplessness as a baby, Christ the Suffering Servant, and finally, Christ the Crucified King. As a result, the goal of many of us would be to enjoy this life as much as possible and to attempt to satisfy ourselves without regards for others or for the common good.
(2) When Jesus called out from the cross, "It is finished!" and then died (John 19.30), He was declaring that by His death the just demands of the Law were satisfied for those who believe in Him.
And it is through believing in Jesus Christ that I can live in freedom and have the promise of eternal life - that is why Easter is important to me. Jesus came and lived a ideal life to fulfill the law and the prophets (Matthew 5.17) because not one of us could ever be justified by obedience to the works of the law (Galatians 2.16).
"The work of our redemption took place at the cross, at Golgotha Jesus finished the work of salvation", he said. "This is the time we ought to commemorate the death of Christ through prayers and there is a need for us to respect the holiday for what it means because we do not need to die".
The cleric emphasised that Jesus filled the gap between God and man at the cross as He took our sins upon Himself. Everything we see in Jesus, God is.
Even though I have held my Christian beliefs my whole life, I still find Jesus' sacrifice awe-inspiring. Christians can rest assured that all their sins (past, present, and future) are forgiven not because of what they have done, but because of what Jesus has done.
While it may seem unusual to commemorate the day a man died as "good", but the word "good" also means pious or holy.
Good Friday celebrations are marked by a sombre, sorrowful tone. I pray that it will be.