Why Good Friday is so good

Today is Good Friday, the day when the church takes time to remember and be thankful for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on a hill outside of Jerusalem over 2000 years ago.

Today all over the world, Christians will gather in church buildings, in schools, in homes, or even in the streets to worship, take communion, share the story, and remember what was done for us and the whole world.

There are several reasons why Good Friday is so very good:

We are all sinners in rebellion against God and in desperate need of a savior.

The good news of Jesus Christ begins with recognizing the bad news first and that is that we are all rotten from the inside out.  No matter how “good” we try to be, we all end up being nothing but wicked rebels, offensive to a holy and perfect God.  As Romans 3:23 says, we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity. and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:3-5, ESV)

Christ took our sins upon Himself and endured God’s wrath for God’s glory.

The only way for us to be restored to a right relationship with God was for someone to receive the penalty of our sins for us.  Somebody had to die.  Somebody had to receive the cup of God’s righteous anger in our place.  But that somebody had to be perfect, spotless, without guilt or shame, or sin.  That somebody had to be God Himself.

So on the hill of Golgotha, Jesus the God-man, suffered and died so that God would be glorified by pouring out both His wrath and His mercy.  Jesus took God’s wrath against sin, a wrath that we deserved, so that we could receive God’s mercy, a mercy we could never deserve.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do.  By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4, ESV)

The story does not end with Good Friday.

What makes Good Friday so good is that on Sunday, Christ rose from the dead!  Good Friday is good because we see it in light of the resurrection.  The fact that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead has given hope and joy to generation after generation of Christians.  If there is no resurrection then we are without hope, we are without joy, we are without a reason to celebrate.  But we serve a RISEN King and that is something to shout about!

The death and resurrection of Christ is what drives us as believers.  It is what people who follow Jesus have been willing to die for and live for since He took our place on that cross.  Ultimately, Good Friday is so good because we serve a truly good God.

You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. (Mark 16:6)

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One thought on “Why Good Friday is so good

  1. Joe – Thanks for the reminder of the simple, yet profound meaning of the Cross. Good Friday has always been a time of intimate worship for me….I find myself simply whispering “Thank You”.

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