We love Fridays, don’t we? In fact, we love Fridays so much, it’s hard to even imagine a Friday being a bad Friday. For most, it’s the last day of work for the week…and the weekend fun can begin. For most people any Friday — is a good Friday.
About 6 years ago Bob Haas and I decided to bring back a Good Friday service to First Pres. For many, Good Friday is more than a day of difficulty, it is a day sooner bypassed than celebrated. A lot of Christians wonder why it is not called Bad Friday. After all, it’s the day Jesus died! “Why do we call it ‘Good Friday,’ when there was nothing at all good about it?”
So many don’t understand Good Friday. They see only the brutality of the day…the suffering…killed by people he loved and his death looked like a terrible defeat. Yet, it was a good Friday. But how?
Let’s look at just a few. It was a good day because: Jesus took our sins upon himself; Through faith in Jesus, we have eternal life; Through his death, Death, itself, was defeated; His death and resurrection is a guarantee of our own resurrection; In Christ, we are reconciled to God…our sins are forgiven. For these reasons, and more, what was a bad day for one man, was a good day for humanity.
But the best part of Good Friday? Jesus didn’t need to do it…no one forced him. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. … No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again” (John 10:11, 18).
Jesus…our Good Shepherd. Good came out of the evil on that day, which is one reason why we call it Good Friday.