Why Call it “Good Friday”?

Why Call it “Good Friday”?

Good Friday. You have probably thought about the irony of that name. We call it, “Good” Friday, even though it commemorates the darkest day in history. In fact, the Bible records that when Jesus died, “darkness came over the whole land” (Luke 23:44). Sin brings darkness and death. God brings light and life. It is all about the ability of our God to turn the darkest of circumstances completely around.

That day God allowed Jesus, the most holy, sinless One who ever lived, to be wrongly accused and condemned. The Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, said, “As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him,” (John 19:6). It was a terrible wrong to put an innocent man to death.

God used this terrible wrong to make a way for you and I to have a right relationship with Him. Sin had separated us from God. There was nothing that any person could do to save us. But God sent His Son to die on the cross because, as the Apostle Paul said, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Evil seemed so strong that day. Stronger still was God’s rescue plan. Jesus died on the Cross to save us from our own sins. Just like John the Baptist said when Jesus began His ministry, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus offered his righteousness to us in exchange for our sins. That’s why we call it Good Friday.

Have you trusted in Jesus as your Savior? Come to God today in prayer, say something like this, “Dear God, I know I have done wrong things. I know that I have been separated from you. But I believe Jesus died for me and rose again. I believe Jesus took my sins and paid for them in full. Thank you for forgiving my sins, help me to live for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”