Good Friday And Lessons To Learn From

Today, the Christian World marks Good Friday, the crucifixion and death of Jesus. This is the most important event on the Christian calendar because at the heart of the Christian faith is the confession that Jesus is the saviour of the human race. With close to 70 percent citizens professing to be Christians, it is safe to assume that 70 percent of teachers and health professionals, service men and women, legislators, judiciary and law enforcement agencies are also Christians. About 70 percent of market women and other segments of the society are believers. Add the over 15 percent Muslims who acknowledge Jesus as Prophet and it is clear that the Ghanaian society is without doubt a religious one. This is perhaps why on Good Friday the country assumes a quiet, sober and reflective mood. Almost everyone who identifies themselves as a Christian, makes it a point to set foot in church on Good Friday.

Today the sermons and messages from the pulpit will re-capture and re-emphasize the events of more than two thousand years ago when Jesus of Nazareth, faithful and obedient to the mission given him by God, endured lies insults, torture and ultimately, crucifixion and death on a cross to save the world from sin and death. Reflecting on this singular heroic act of love and sacrifice brings numerous lessons and messages to us. Public office holders should learn from the encounter between Jesus and Pilate that exposed Pilate's lack of fairness and firmness, to be courageous and uphold the truth at all times. Those who have resorted to armed robbery and other nefarious activities as a means of livelihood should draw inspiration from the repentant thief who hanged on the cross with Jesus that by renouncing terror and vice, there can be a better, happier and more meaningful life by engaging in honest work and respecting the rights of others.

Good Friday should make us re-examine our social justice system to refrain from mob justice, trial in the media and condemning people at the court of public opinion. Let us uphold the right of accused persons to be heard and see that, those incarcerated are still given a second chance, and treated humanely by being provided their basic necessities so that their dignity as human is ensured. Pastors and Prophets should be carriers of good news and hope while warning against iniquities and desist from prophesies of doom and attention-grabbing pronouncements that do not advance the clock of progress but only create fear, desperation and despondency. May the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ bring reconciliation and healing to relationships, families, clans and communities torn by dissent and acrimony. Finally, let Good Friday remind us that there are still causes worthy to sacrifice for and if need be, die for.



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