I am always puzzled by the name Good Friday. Good in the long run that Jesus died… sure. Good on that day for Jesus? Not so much.
The word “good” has a variety of meaning, including high quality, suitable, skilled, kind, valid, helpful, pleasant, beneficial, obedient, and meticulous or even to produce results.
Do those words fit that Friday?
- High quality—Oh how great is our salvation!
- Suitable—Christ was the only suitable candidate
- Skilled—the soldiers were certainly skilled at crucifixion
- Kind—only God’s kindness could do such a thing for us
- Valid—every bit of the story is totally true and verified
- Helpful—how else may we be free of sin? There is no other way.
- Beneficial—to any of us willing to take the promised offer of forgiveness and eternal life
- Obedient—Christ was totally obedient on our behalf
- Produce results—just look around you and see what a difference Good Friday made and still does.
And so it was that on a really Good Friday—Jesus died for us.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8, NIV)
Prayer – Lord God, never let us forget how good, really good, Good Friday is. Amen