In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Today is one of the greatest days in the Church calendar, and not just because it is Good Friday. According to tradition, March 25 is the date of the major events which foreshadowed the salvation of the world by Jesus Christ. Tradition records that March 25 was the first day after God finished His work of creation and His resting, and likely the same day man fell into sin and was promised a Savior. By some calculations it is also the date on which Abraham was prevented from sacrificing Isaac, a preview of the Crucifixion. It is believed to be the date when Israel crossed through the Red Sea, an allusion to Baptism and crossing through the Blood of Christ into eternal life. Moving into the life of Christ, March 25 is the date on which we celebrate the Annunciation, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary as announced by the Angel Gabriel. This date of March 25 comes from the transition from a lunar calendar, which the Jews used, to the Gregorian calendar, which the world uses today. The Passover is celebrated at sundown the 14th of the month of Nisan, which translates to March 25 on our calendar. Ancient tradition held that great people died on the date of their conception, and for that reason we celebrate the Annunciation on March 25, and Christmas nine months later on December 25. All of that aside, whether tradition correctly records all these events as happening on March 25 we may never know. However, it is fitting for us to take all of these events into consideration because all of them are fulfilled in Christ. The link between the Annunciation and Good Friday is particularly important, because on the same day we celebrate God taking on our flesh we celebrate Him laying it down to redeem the world from sin and death.
Sermons from Mount Olive
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