Then Jesus, crying in a loud voice, said,
“Father into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Having said this, he breathed his last.
Luke 23:46 NRSV
Easter is rapidly approaching and for many of us our thoughts turn to the joy of the season, the pretty outfits, the colorful flowers, Easter baskets filled with goodies and, of course, the celebration of the Resurrection. While all these are pleasant thoughts, we cannot fully appreciate the Resurrection without a fundamental understanding of the events of Holy Week and especially Good Friday. The events that transpired during Holy Week are at the heart of Christianity and make all the difference in this world and the world to come.