Why is Good Friday ‘good?’
Anyone who understands what happened to Jesus on Good Friday, the day He was crucified on the Cross, would never describe this day as good. The crucifixion was the most dreaded method of execution in the ancient world. Jesus was put on the Cross at 9:00am in the morning and He died at 3:00pm in the afternoon. It was six hours of incredible agony. Before Jesus even arrived on the hill where He was to be crucified, He had been beaten beyond recognition, mocked, abused, spit on, and humiliated. How can that be good!?
The ‘good’ is in what the Cross brings for you and me. What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was certainly not good. However, the results of Christ’s death on the Cross are extremely good! Notice what a few of Jesus’ apostles tell us:
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:6-8
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.
-1 Peter 3:18
Without the Cross, there is no Good Friday. Without the Cross, there is no good news. Without the Cross, there is no rescue. There are people all around you who don’t know why Good Friday is so good. There are people all around you who need to be rescued from their sin just like you were rescued from your sin. Who can you explain Good Friday to today? Who have you invited to Easter Sunday?