What’s so good about Good Friday?

Yesterday, I was scrolling Facebook when a status caught my eye. “What’s so “good” about Good Friday? I mean, when was death ever good?

In our own human understanding death is an end of what we know now. Yet as people who now live on the other side of Easter. Death had to happen before resurrected life could come.

The ‘good’ is Jesus, the Son of God, coming here as man and coming near to us. We could not get to Him on our own, nor could we do enough good to get to Him, so He came to us. And in that coming, He took the punishment for all our wrong doing onto Himself.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5: 6-8

So, what makes Good Friday good? The ‘good’ is revealed on Easter. If Friday had come and Jesus died just like any other man, then yes, we could ask, “What’s so good about death?” He would have laid down His life and a sacrifice would have been given on behalf of all people but death would have won out. But death is not the end.  Good Friday is not the end of the story.

The amazingly ‘good’ comes on Easter when Jesus overcame death. When other people thought death had done Him in, and when His own disciples were wondering what was next, Jesus conquered death. He conquered the grave.

What is good about Good Friday? Easter, the resurrection, is what makes Good Friday good. All that Jesus endured; the pain, ridicule, torture and ultimate death was worth it. Because to Him, we are worth it. You are worth it!

His love for you, for all humans, led Him to the place of laying down His own life so that we can have life through Him.

Jesus says, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” ~ John 10:10 (The Message)

This weekend, in all the hustle and bustle of egg hunts, family meals, and pretty dress-up clothes let’s not forget the Good.  The Good in His coming, the Good in His death, the Good life that comes to us through He is death and resurrection.

If you are not going anywhere for Easter, you are welcome at our place, Asbury Church. And if we’re not close by, find a great church and celebrate the ultimate Good that Easter brings!

Easter 2015

We are linking up with Kate and the ladies over at Five Minute Friday.  Kate gives us a word prompt that we all write on and link up over here.  This week’s prompt is: Good.

14 thoughts on “What’s so good about Good Friday?

  1. So clearly said, Rachel. I’m missing our own Good Friday services for the first time since we’ve been pastors because of a nasty sinus infection. BUT…it’s not the final word. Thanks be to God for the resurrection we will celebrate Sunday!

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  2. The Good in His coming, the Good in His death, the Good life that comes to us through He is death and resurrection. Amen and thank you. What a beautiful idea to invite people to your church. Happy Easter!

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  3. I used to struggle with Good Friday until I realized that Friday makes us appreciate Sunday. And there would be no Sunday without Friday, as you discuss here. Praise God for both!

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  4. Rachel,
    Indeed, Friday might be here but Sunday is coming! I often remind myself of this through out the year as well. We stand victorious, even when we don’t see it immediately in our life…it’s actually like “Friday” or the darkest hour in our situation but then “Sunday’s” dawn lights across our day to remind us…He is our Hope and our friend that sticks closer than a brother. He arose and because of the finished work on the cross- we can rise out of difficulty, too. His love is unfailing!

    God bless you, Rachel… Happy Resurrection Sunday!
    ~Zoey

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