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EDITORIAL: Time for reflection and selflessness

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EDITORIAL: Time for reflection and selflessness

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TODAY IS GOOD FRIDAY, one of the most important days on the Christian calendar. It is an occasion when many Barbadians will be heading to church to remember the greatest sacrifice ever made for mankind. On this day, Jesus Christ died on the cross as the sacrificial Lamb for all the world’s sins, as The Bible teaches.

Christians remember and express gratitude for the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ and the great sacrifice He made on the cross of Calvary.

Today is one usually marked not only with church services, but many Christians spend it in sober reflection, prayer, fasting, repentance and in deep meditation, as they stop to consider the suffering of their Saviour.

The events of the first Good Friday are well documented in The Bible. According to the Gospel, after Jesus was arrested, He was taken before Pilate and Herod and it was decreed He would be condemned to death. Jesus was jeered and beaten; He was also crowned with thorns and forced to carry the burden of the cross. Then, He was crucified.

Chance for salvation

However, this suffering endured by the Son of God also represented a chance for salvation for the entire human race and continues to serve as a lesson for all.

We have an opportunity to also make sacrifices that will benefit people other than ourselves. Individuals are often selfish, thinking only of themselves and their gains. Today is a chance to renew one’s faith and do unselfish deeds for those around us, particularly those in need.

While there is no sacrifice like the one made by Christ, our selfless actions and personal sacrifice are needed now more than ever. With so many around us suffering and sometimes disillusioned, depressed and feeling lost, compassion and kind acts should be the order of the day.

Lesson of forgiveness

Forgiveness is another lesson we can also learn from the Crucifixion. While nailed to the cross, blood running down His tattered and torn body, Jesus looked down upon His own people who had rejected him as Messiah and King of the Jews, and uttered the words: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

So as we observe Good Friday, let us too show forgiveness to our enemies and those who may have wronged us, and seek peace and reconciliation.

This way, the marking of Good Friday would be more than a ritualistic observance, but would truly be love in action. Not only do we need it as individuals, but so does our nation.

A blessed Good Friday to all.