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‘Good’ Friday?!

April 24, 2011

It may seem strange to call ‘Good Friday’ good, after all we remember Jesus dying and usually if we were to call the anniversary of someone’s death a ‘good’ day, people would probably think we were rather disrespectful and that we can’t have liked the person who died much at all!

BUT Good Friday is very different and calling the remembrance of Jesus’ death ‘good’ is for neither of those reasons, in fact it is quite the opposite…

Firstly, calling the day ‘Good Friday’ suggests that we are remembering something good, but the nature of Jesus’ death was definitely not a ‘good’ death. Jesus died in the most horrific and humiliating way, on a cross; He hung there by his hands and feet until He died. It was a slow and agonising death and in no way could it be said that it was ‘good’.

So why on earth is it called ‘good’ Friday?! Jesus dying on the cross is the most amazing example of how God uses all things together for good and how he could even use the evil actions of the self-seeking men surrounding Jesus’ trial and death in His perfect plan, for good and to answer our biggest need!

I believe the reason for the name ‘Good Friday’ is found in the effect of Jesus’ death. The fact that Jesus willingly died that first ‘Good Friday’ means that He took the punishment we deserve, He bought us much-needed forgiveness from God and it meant that although we don’t deserve it, we can have a relationship with God, the loving, good creator of the universe…

Calling it ‘Good Friday’ is a reflection upon how good God is and how amazing it is to be able to have a relationship with Him…and Good Friday reminds us of the serious means (ie Jesus’ death) that was necessary to deal with our rebellion and rejection of God and enable us to have a relationship with Him…

…and THAT isn’t just ‘good’, it’s the best news in the world! But ‘best news in the world Friday’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2011 7:46 am

    The “good” is definitely for us. It is quite amazing as to how someone can take all our sins and misgivings on him.

    A blessed Easter to you.

    Joy always,
    Susan Deborah

    • Natalie permalink
      April 29, 2011 5:26 pm

      I completely agree, in God’s grace the “good” was definitely for us!

      I hope you had a good Easter too

  2. April 24, 2011 10:13 am

    And we still remain selfish and sinful even after such a sacrifice. Not good at all!!

    • Natalie permalink
      April 29, 2011 5:22 pm

      Thanks for this, it is so true! I think that makes it even more amazing – to think that God knew just how selfish and sinful we are and all the sins we have committed, and will ever commit, and Jesus still chose to die for us! I think it helps to remind us that what Jesus did for us, and being able to be friends with God, is completely undeserved!

  3. April 25, 2011 4:24 am

    Good thoughts, thanks for sharing. I find myself drawing closer to God and Jesus these days. I think that is a “Good” thing.

    I invite you to read my Easter blog entry and comment.

    • Natalie permalink
      April 29, 2011 5:26 pm

      Thanks for your comment…that does sound good!

      I will definitely have a read of your Easter thoughts too, thanks!

  4. April 25, 2011 12:07 pm

    We definitely have an amazing God…one that could use human greed and the darkness of the world in His own plans to bring about love, hope and light through the tremendous and heart-breaking sacrifice of His only son. A great post. I really liked your reflections.

    • Natalie permalink
      April 29, 2011 5:27 pm

      That is so true…a great summary!

      Thanks Jessica, I really appreciate your comments too

  5. April 25, 2011 12:51 pm

    Happy Resurrection Day, Mike! Yes, it realize that it is Monday, but we should be celebrating every day, so Happy Easter today, too!

    Thank you for stopping by to check out the Christian Blog Crawl. If you are interested in joining us, that would be super. Please just let me know.


  6. May 1, 2011 2:05 pm

    Great post and I wholeheartedly agree! To me it was always an oxymoron to call the day Jesus died, good. But it is true all the same.

    Blessings to you brother!

    Pastor Duke Taber

    • Natalie permalink
      May 4, 2011 1:07 pm

      Thank you for your comment!

      It does seem oxymoronic; it was something which really struck me this year and I thought it must be especially strange to those who do not understand the significance of Jesus’ death to call any day that someone died a ‘good’ day, which is what lead me to write this post.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  7. April 4, 2012 11:54 pm

    Amen! Our Lord Died that we may live;
    Priceless is the Salvation He does give!
    Though our hearts ache to know He died,
    Redeemed we are because He was crucified.
    This Gift of Good Friday may we embrace;
    Amazing indeed is God’s love and grace!

    Thank you, Natalie, for this beautiful post!
    God’s blessings to you Resurrection Sunday and always!

  8. April 5, 2012 1:39 am

    Enjoyed reading this reminder of what makes this weekend so good. God bless!

    Encouraging Thoughts for Life

  9. April 5, 2012 3:12 pm

    Beautiful post and wonderful reminder of God’s infinite goodness and mercy.
    May you have a blessed Good Friday and a joyous Easter!

  10. brvan71 permalink
    April 6, 2012 4:48 pm

    Good Friday is in in reality Great Friday for those of us who embrace Christ as Lord and Savior. Thanks for sharing!

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