In a way, it is Good Friday that is the most important Christian holiday on the calendar. It’s not a government holiday like Christmas or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On the Catholic calendar, it’s not even a holy day of obligation.
I would argue that Christmas is considered to be the most important Christian holiday for most denominations. For one, winter break at school is so much longer than spring break is. Also, Christmas seems to be more emphasized in the media and in advertising, because of course, it’s a bigger money-maker than Easter. The radio plays Christmas songs, not Easter songs.
But for me, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter are the most important holidays. If not for Jesus’s death on Good Friday, and his resurrection on Easter, we (Christians) would not have a savior. Yes, Christmas was the day of his birth, but it was Jesus’s conscious choice to be crucified and to give his life for the salvation of our lives.
It says in the thirteenth verse of the fifteenth chapter of the book of John, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” We all might say we would give up our lives for our friends, our family, or our children if it all came down to it. And maybe we would very well be able to. There are many heroes out there, who have even given up their lives for complete strangers. It is an act of great love and bravery, and for me, that is the reason why Good Friday is so important. It is the date of the greatest sacrifice in the world, and that is why it is called “Good” Friday, or holy Friday, as is the correct translation.
“If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world — therefore the world hates you.” – John 15:18-19