Tomorrow is Good Friday. While banks and schools will be closed, many of us will go on with our day like Friday is just another day. However, Friday is not just any day. Friday is a good day because we commemorate a terribly awful and simultaneously beautiful day. Over 2,000 years ago Jesus of Nazareth was condemned, crucified, and declared dead. Here’s how Scripture describes Jesus’s crucifixion and death:
Why Good Friday Is Good
When we read the account of Jesus’s crucifixion and death, we should pause and ask, “Why is Good Friday so good?” From the outside looking in, an innocent man dying does not make for a good day. However, if all you and I see is the death of an innocent man, we utterly miss the goodness of Jesus’s death. The apostle Paul, gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of what the death of Christ actually accomplished. In Colossians 2:13-15, Paul writes,
For some, this might be old news. For others, it’s new. Regardless, it is good news. Yes, an innocent man died by crucifixion, but it was not in vain. Jesus’s death accomplished
something. While you and I were dead in our sin, Jesus’s death reversed the curse. Through Jesus’s death, we become alive. Jesus’s death brought us life. That makes Good Friday good.
Responding to Good Friday
When things are good, that thing often elicits a response. Good Friday is no different. Because of Jesus’s death, you and I should take time to respond to Jesus. For some of you, Jesus is new to you. And as Good Friday and Easter approaches, you are learning about who Jesus is and what he has done for the first time. Seek him and ask Jesus to reveal himself to you. Perhaps Good Friday could become good to you because Jesus saves you through his death and resurrection.
For those of us who know Jesus, may God remind us of how good Good Friday actually is. Often, time has a way of dulling truth to us. I encourage you to take time this Friday, to read the story of Jesus’s arrest, crucifixion, and death (Matthew 26:47-27:66; Mark 14:43-15:47; Luke 22:47-23:56; John 18:1-19:42). Meditate on his death and the incredible life that it has brought us. Pray, thanking Jesus for his sacrifice. Then share this incredibly Good news with someone else.
Don’t let Good Friday slip by. Celebrate the goodness of Good Friday!