What's So Good about "Good Friday"?
Way back in Isaiah 53, the prophecy of Jesus' crucifixion is told.
So why is Good Friday called Good Friday?
In Mark 15:20-25, Mark gives his account of the crucifixion. What’s so good about Jesus being beaten and nails forced through his wrists and feet? What’s so good about him hanging on the cross suffering in agony and dying six hours later?
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
(Isaiah 53 : 5, NIV)
Jesus loves us. He sacrificed His life for our sins.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
(John 3 : 16-17, NIV)
As we’ve been studying in the Gospel Project, we know we are sinful creatures. Our sentence for sin is death.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 6 : 23, NIV)
So what’s so good about Good Friday? Jesus gave His life for our sins so we can be set free! We no long have to die for our sins. Even though we were dead in our sins, we have been made alive with Christ! We have been forgiven, and our sins nailed to the cross.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
(Colossians 2 : 13-15, NIV)
Jesus conquered the grave! He rose from the dead 3 days after he was crucified.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(I Corinthians 15 : 55-57, NIV).