“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Colossians 2:14
Well, let’s begin by looking at how the day became called “Good Friday”. It is the day that we traditionally remember that Christ was crucified for the sin of man. It may not have even been on a Friday that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, but that doesn’t really matter because it is the fact that He died and rose again that we as Christians celebrate. Many believe that the day was originally called “God’s Friday”, and then was transformed to “Good Friday”, much as the phrase “God be with ye” transformed into “goodbye”. Since I believe in a sovereign God, I think that there is a reason that we know this day as “Good Friday”:
So, What’s so “good” about Good Friday? You may ask. What is so “good” about a man being beaten beyond recognition? What’s so “good” about a man having a painful crown of thorns pushed down on His brow, and being clothed in a purple robe, and then mocked by cruel soldiers? What’s so “good” about Him, after suffering all this, having to carry a heavy cross through the streets of Jerusalem up to a place called Golgotha? What’s so “good” about wicked men nailing His hands and feet to that cross and then dropping that cross in a hole in the ground, and then leaving Him there to die?
What’s so “good”? You may ask.
Well, it is good because He did it all for you. And He did it all for me. He, the Lord Jesus, who was absolutely sinless, was the only One who could take our place and take the punishment that was deserved by each one us, upon Himself. He subjected Himself to His Father’s full anger at sin so that we didn’t have to face that punishment. He died because He loves us. But He didn’t stay dead! He rose again and triumphed over death and the grave. We can have that same triumph IF we trust in the Lord Jesus, and Him alone, as our Savior.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Now THAT’S GOOD NEWS!!!
~Graced and Grateful Grammy
The Goodness of God is the “good” in “Good Friday”