Why “Good” Friday?

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So, Dear Readers, today is Good Friday. To many of You that will mean feet up and a glass of wine. Perhaps You’ll be out with the children hunting Easter Eggs or attending some lambing event somewhere.

Those of you who attend church today know it is the most important day of the year, save perhaps Easter Sunday.

So, why is Good Friday referred to as “good”?

What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus on this day was definitely not good (see Matthew chapters 26-27). However, the results of Christ’s death are very good Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” First Peter 3:18 tells us, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

Today was the day Christians believe Jesus died for our sins. In his great sacrifice Jesus absolved us of our sins as human beings.

Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, in which Christ’s death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centred on Christ’s suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord’s Supper.

Whether or not Christians choose to “celebrate” Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross—along with His bodily resurrection—is the paramount event of the Christian faith.

I wish You well and shall return on Easter Sunday in more celebratory mood.

God Bless.