What is so good about Good Friday? How can anything good come from something so bad?
Today is Good Friday, perhaps the most significant event in the history of the world. It’s a day filled with somber worship in dark spaces, dreadful songs, and Scripture passages of death, pain, suffering, and humiliation of an innocent man.
The cross, a symbolic representation of God’s unconditional love (vertical beam) and His desire for us to be in communal relationships with other believers (horizontal beam), leads us to the resurrection with shouts of praise saying, “Easter is coming!” According to the apostle Paul, Good Friday is “most important” for our faith foundation (1 Corinthians 15:3).
Can Good Friday really be that good?
As terrible as the events were, Jesus’ willingness to die on the cross not only fulfilled Scripture and his Heavenly Father’s purpose for his life on earth, but it also paved the way for believers to be reconciled, redeemed, and restored – God’s ultimate and divine plan to save His people once and for all.
Without the events of Good Friday, there would be no joy or cause for celebration on Easter Sunday.
Though Jesus was fully human and experienced betrayal and great pain, he was also fully divine. Jesus knew his fate. Despite this, he endured Good Friday that led to a Great Sunday: his resurrection provided the free gift of grace and established God’s peace on earth and in heaven forever (Hebrews 12:2).
Good Friday conquered death and we have eternal life because of it.
As painful as it is to remember the events of Good Friday, we cannot ignore it like naïve Easter Sunday Christians. The Bible provides many reminders that life on earth is not easy or trouble free. Even though we believe who Jesus is and what He did for us, life happens – a promise is broken, a child becomes sick, and finances become tight. But Christ’s instructions for his disciples are still applicable today: “take up your cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
Today, remember that Good Friday really is good. While we were still sinners living in a broken world full of broken people, Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8).
Good Friday also reminds us of Easter’s ultimate price. It is the day hopelessness met mercy and condemnation met grace.
While what happened to Jesus was not good, the results were very good – Good Friday is the beginning of our Happily Ever After!