What’s So Good About Good Friday?

Tomorrow is Good Friday. The day Christians memorialize death. Christ’s death. Christ’s crucifixion.

What’s so good about that?

In Evangelical Protestant circles, Good Friday is rarely seen as “good.” In fact, it’s often ignored. No services. Nothing.

I can recall establishing the first-ever Good Friday Service in my first year as Sr. Pastor. The church had a continuous history of over 200 years. Not only did we start a Good Friday Service, we ended it in somber silence.

People were shocked!

“What? Where’s the Resurrection!”

My response . . .


As the Apostles had to wait.

As Mary the mother of Jesus waited.

As Jesus waited.

As God waited.

As all creation waited.

What’s so good about Good Friday? The obvious answer is that without Christ’s death we would have no salvation.

The less obvious, but equally biblical answer is, Good Friday reminds us to wait in humble, somber, convicted silence and reflection. Good Friday reminds us just how horrible sin is. Good Friday reminds us just how holy God is. Good Friday reminds us just how amazing grace is.


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