It is considered by some the most high day of a holy week — the day, in Christian theology, that Jesus Christ died, only to return to life three days later.

Today, that day is celebrated as Good Friday. But if one accepts Christ’s death — and life afterward — as true, how is the date of his death verified? Perhaps now, the exact date itself is not as important as the symbol of Christ’s life and death.

“Using the data in the Gospels and other sources to calculate the date of Christ’s death is not a simple matter,” the online resource Wikipedia.com states. “It is believed by many to have occurred on a Friday evening in April. It would seem that there was a coincidence: at that time the constellation of Southern Cross was entirely visible low in the South from Jerusalem ... The most probable date is 3 April AD 33. A partial lunar eclipse also took place on this date.”

Of course, the death of Christ is important. Without it, there is no Resurrection, the most important facet in Christian theology. With Christ’s ascension on Easter morning, death was conquered — and eternal life promised to the followers of the Christian faith.



For full story, please see the April 14, 2006 edition of The Union-Recorder.

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