Friday marks one of the holiest days for Christians across the globe: Good Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified and died, as people of the faith believe, for the sins of humankind. Some Christians choose to fast on Good Friday, while some denominations, such as the Roman Catholic Church, choose not to celebrate Mass because it is such a somber day.
Two days after Good Friday, however, is one of the most celebratory days for Christians, as Easter marks Jesus’ resurrection. Here are 10 passages from the Bible to commemorate Good Friday and to get ready for Easter, taken from the King James Version.
1. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16
2. “And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.” — Mark 10:34
3. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” — Isaiah 60:1
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4. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” — Peter 3:18
5. “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” — Isaiah 53:5
6. “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” — Matthew 12:40
7. “And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And they cast lots to divide his garments.” — Luke 23:34
8. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” — Philippians 4:13
9. “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” — John 19:30
10. “And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath.” Mark 15:42