This day is by many called “Good Friday,” It is a day when we celebrate the death of Jesus Christ almost 2000 years ago. However, the question may be asked by some, “If you Christians love Jesus, how can it be a ‘good’ day? Isn’t this a bad day?” For most religions, it was a bad thing for their leader and main teacher to die, but it is different for the Christian. In fact, the Bible says that Jesus Himself considered this day to be a “good” day. Hebrews 12:2 says “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
This is a good day for Christians because Jesus’ death and shed blood on the cross provided the sacrifice for our sins that was needed. He died in our place as a substitute, and on our behalf. 1 Peter 3:18 says this the best when it says “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” Jesus’ death is a cause of celebration for us, because it made Jesus the means of salvation for us.
What Good Friday the most joyful, however, is that it is followed by Easter, where we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus had stayed in the tomb, there would be less reason for observing this day. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” We can rejoice on this sorrowful day because of what follows: Resurrection Sunday!
May the message of forgiveness and peace with God flood your heart this weekend as your reflect on God’s goodness, leading you to repentance.