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The Holiest Week in the Christian Faith Culminates This Weekend

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Good Friday is celebrated around the world by those of the Christian faith. The day marks the darkest hour of the Christian faith when Jesus Christ was crucified at the hands of his Roman captors, followed by the pinnacle of the religion on Easter Sunday when the Christ arose from his tomb to save mankind from their sins.

This day is also called Holy Friday, Great Friday or Black Friday. The holiday is observed during Holy Week and often coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover. According to religious scholars and details revealed within the scriptures, the crucifixion of Jesus was most likely a Friday in the year AD 34.
 
According to the New Testament, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane by Temple Guards after being betrayed by one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot who received a monetary reward for his effort.
Jesus was then interrogated and tried. Witness after witness spoke including the disciple Peter who denounced Jesus three times at the proceeding. Jesus did not speak until he was asked if we was indeed the Son of God, and Jesus said that he was,
 
Jesus was then brought before the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate where he was charged with subverting a nation, opposing taxes and making himself a king. Pilate allowed the Jewish leaders to judge and sentence Jesus. Pilate, when he learned that the Jewish leaders could not sentence Jesus, questioned him and turned the proceedings over to King Herod.
 
After Herod questioned Jesus who refused to answer his questions, Herod sent him back to Pilate who ruled that Jesus was to be whipped and released. It was the traditional custom of the Romans to grant one release on Passover. However, when Pilate asked the Jews who they wanted to have released, they chose a convicted murder, Barabbas. When Pilate asked them what was to become of Jesus, the crowd yelled that Jesus should be crucified.
 
After being warned by his wife that she had dreamed that Pilate should have nothing to do with any affairs surrounding Jesus, Pilate ordered him whipped and released. At that time, priests informed Pilate that there were additional charges claiming that Jesus should be crucified because he claimed to be the Son of God. Pilate was forced to question Jesus again.
 
Pilate went before the crowd one last time and declared Jesus innocent, yet, fearing a riot, released him to be crucified after washing his hands of the affair.
 
Jesus hung on the cross for six hours. In the final three hours, the skies darkened and when Jesus gave his final cry giving up his spirit, the ground was split by an earthquake, tombs broke apart and curtains in the temple were torn.
 
Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus and wrapped the corpse in a linen cloth and placed it in a new tomb carved from stone. A large rock was rolled across the entrance to the tomb. On the third day it was discovered that Jesus had arisen.

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