The earliest testimony of what Christians believed is recorded by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. The initial verses recite a creed which was formulated within a few years after the death of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul (converted to Christianity around 37AD) says to the Corinthians
“I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died ... that he was buried..”
The opponents of Christianity certainly called the day they crucified Jesus 'good', but why do believers celebrate this day?
The word Christ means Messiah or the ‘anointed one’.
Why then is the death of the leader of Christianity, the 'Christ', by Roman crucifixion between two criminals, 'good'? Many atheists today, would be dancing at the news of the death of Jesus. Why then do Christians celebrate the death of their founder on Good Friday?
If you don’t know the answer then I encourage you to attend an established church over the Easter weekend instead of becoming distracted by the commercial Easter egg hype.
Good Friday Easter Service - 7 Prime News - Coffs Harbour - 18/04/14 (I'm somewhere in the crowd)
Christianity is based upon historical events otherwise it's complete rubbish. I and many other Christians, am not interested in pursuing a belief system that's derived from some mythical story developed over time that makes me feel good. Christianity is either historically true from day one or it is totally fraudulent! Even the early believers agreed with this.
"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile" (The Apostle Paul, converted to Christianity around 37AD)
Good Friday would be totally absurd without Easter Sunday.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are two sides of the same coin. The early Christian church from that early Easter Sunday testified to the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. This is the foundation stone of Christianity!
Again, I encourage you to attend an established church this Easter and find out about the central message of Christianity. This good news from God is based upon accurately recorded events in history and is a life changer for people living today!
The Resurrection of the Flesh (Excellent)