Why is Good Friday “Good”?

Published on Mar 27th, 2013 by City North Baptist Church
Why is Good Friday “Good”?

For the average Aussie any excuse for a long weekend is a good one.  The fact that it happens to be a religious reason doesn’t make much difference to most people.  And when it generates a lot of goodwill, especially the sharing of Easter eggs and other expressions of friendly kindness, well, that’s even better!

But there’s something that puzzles many of us who think a bit more seriously about Good Friday.  Why should a day that marks the martyrdom of Jesus Christ, the only perfect man who has ever lived, come to be regarded as “good”?  You’d think that it should be the opposite.  The answer, however, goes to the very heart of the Christian message.

The enemies of Jesus at that time thought that they had scored a crushing victory over him, once and for all.  Nailed to a cross….pronounced dead….body wrapped in heavy bandages…..buried in a tomb guarded by Roman soldiers…..it was all over for Jesus.  But it wasn’t!  Not for Jesus and not for us!

Some time prior to his death Jesus said:  “I am the good shepherd …….and I lay down my life for the sheep……No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.  I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again” (John 10:14-18).   The death of Jesus was not simply an unfortunate accident of history but an event in which God was always in control.  When Jesus died, God was placing upon his own sinless Son the sins of the world.  “Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

Do you see it?  What seemed to be a tragedy, God turned into a triumph.  The death of Jesus actually became the very means by which people can be brought into a personal relationship with God.  Jesus died in our place.  He paid in full the punishment for our sin.  Do you really believe that?  Because if you do, the message of Good Friday is the very best news you could possibly wish to hear.

If you are a Christian, take time out today to personally thank the Lord for his saving death on the cross.  If you are not yet a believer, why not take the step of putting your trust in Him today.  What better way to celebrate Good Friday 2013?

Happy Easter!

Pastor Murray

PS.  Though truly dead on that Friday afternoon, God raised Jesus back to life the following Sunday morning.  He is alive today and is coming back again one day.  Will we be ready to meet him when that day comes?  Now that’s a question worth thinking about.