What is so good about Good Friday

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What is so good about Good Friday? It almost seems sick to call Good Friday good. If you have a loved one that died you do not celebrate the anniversary of that persons death as good, it was tragic. Why then when referring to the anniversary of Jesus’ death do we call it good? That almost seems sacrilegious.

We call it Good Friday because it truly is good. No, we do not celebrate His death per se. Rather we celebrate all that His death accomplished. We celebrate that though He died, and died a terrible death, He rose vicious over sin and death. He laid down His life for us to be the wrath absorbing sacrifice. He did this and many more things and that is why the anniversary of Jesus’s death can be said to be good. Actually, in some sense, because Jesus died and conquered death and sin the anniversary of our loved ones death who are in Christ can now be thought of with joy. It too can become a good anniversary.

I want to encourage you to meditate on what Jesus did for you. Think about the cross where Jesus bore the wrath of God that we deserved. I encourage you to read the narrative accounts in the Gospels. When you read it remember who it is that is being mocked, flogged, and crucified. Remember why it is that He suffered in that way and felt the wrath of God; it was not anything that He had done.

Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12 and be amazed at how precisely it describes both the events of the crucifixion and the reason for the crucifixion and this around 700 years before Jesus was born. Jesus was crushed for our sins (Is. 53:5) and thus makes many to be accounted righteous (v. 11), for example. After reading this passage this morning, I composed this attempt at poetry:

Bound by sins darkened glow

In this world of pain and woe


Helpless, hopeless to us He came

And in the midst was slain


Darkest night, the Light extinguished

Will we forever captives be?


Messiah’s mission ends in death?

Where’s the hope of life and peace?


But by power He awaketh

All of death He did breakth


By His death, deaths defeated

Sins depleted of its power


Thus the hour of unrest

Has become our hope, our joy, our rest.


For in Christ’s death,

Deaths defeated!


Yes, He burst the bonds that bound Him

And leads many captives in His wake


Yes, from the cross He is victorious

And all of heaven hails He’s glorious!