And they crucified Him, and parted (divided) His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, THEY PARTED MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND UPON MY VESTURE DID THEY CAST LOTS – Matthew 27:35.
The Friday preceding Easter, observed in commemoration of the crucifixion, called Great Friday in the Eastern Church. In the church year it is traditionally a day of fasting and penance. Post-reformation practiced observed by both Roman Catholics and Protestants includes a service from noon to 3 p.m., marking Jesus’ agony on the cross.
Easter is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The name, which has been attested as early as the eighth century A.D., is believed to have derived from annual sacrifices in honor of Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess. The Eastern church, following the practice of early Jewish Christians, first observed the celebration on the fourteenth of Nisan, the first day of Passover. The Western church, following the Gospel accounts of Christ’s resurrection (And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay – Matthew 28:5).
The painful agony Jesus went through to reconcile God’s people back to Him, wasn’t for people who call themselves Christians to continue to live a lifestyle that is opposite of the instructions God has given His people through His written word. The purpose of the church is to make disciples of all kinds of people, this also includes every nation. The Great Commission is to train disciples in Christian knowledge and for effective service. The church is to evangelism, baptism and education, it’s the responsibility of the student to comply to what the teacher is teaching.
Jesus came to bring us to an abundant life, giving us the benefits of heaven. Because of Jesus our prayers are being answered because He goes before the Father interceding for us. He’s our Advocate, He’s the Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls. He’s Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the End, the First and the Last. He’s the God of all nations, and the Power over all spirits. He’s our Savior and Lord, His name is Jesus, the Son of God!