Thursday, April 9, 2020

Christian Trivia Question #15 - Almost Easter

Today begins a special period on the Christian calendar.  It marks 3 days that lead up to Easter Sunday - the pinnacle of our faith.  

Thursday:  The day Jesus gathered His disciples for the final time after 3 years of teaching and revealing God's will for all people.  This night Jesus would transform the Passover into the New Covenant in His Body and Blood.  He instructed them to "Do this in remembrance of Me." After the Last Supper, they went to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus asked them to pray.  Judas betrayed Him and His "trial" before the Jewish High Priest and authorities was underway. 

Good Friday:  Eventually, as the morning dawned, the Roman authority in Jerusalem (Pontius Pilot) acquiesced to the Jewish leaders' demand to crucify Him. He would offer Himself to the Father on the cross - the perfect sacrifice - as the final atonement for the sin of all mankind.  Our collective sin against God's perfection could only be atoned by a sacrifice of infinite value - His perfect life - which he willingly gave on our behalf. He was taken down before sundown and placed in a tomb provided by Joseph of Arimathea.  

Saturday:  A day that must have been a very sad and confusing day for His disciples. Peter says Jesus "went and preached to the spirits in prison" (those souls who had died in God's friendship awaiting their redemption in "the abode of the dead" or "Abraham's bosom" like Lazarus in the parable of the rich man). Creation was silent until the early morning light would change everything.

These 3 days solemn days leading up to the glorious day of Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday have been known by a Latin word for many centuries. 

So the question is.........What are these 3 days called?

1 comment:

  1. ANSWER: The Triduum (Tri-doo-um). I just think it's a cool word.