Why is it Called "Good Friday?"
Late yesterday afternoon at CoCreate Exchange Heath a couple of us had a brief yet interesting conversation around why today is called Good Friday. It's a great question since what we remember and celebrate today is the death of Jesus Christ.
To the disciples, it was not good. To his followers, it was not good. To the centurion, certainly it was not good.
Jesus was dead. He was the one who was supposed to lead Israel to prominence. He was the one to free them from Roman control. He was the one that would bring Israel back into political power and give his disciples power.
But instead, he was dead.
So why do we call it Good Friday?
The Messiah, the Savior, the Deliverer, the Christ had a different goal in mind. His goal was not political power. His goal was not individual power for his disciples. His goal was not freedom from Rome. His goal was much greater than any of these.
Instead Jesus voluntarily offered himself as a sacrifice. It was not taken from him, he gave it up. Christ was willing to sacrifice himself because his purpose was greater than any his disciples or followers had conceived.
His purpose was freedom for you and me. His purpose was to show what love really is. His purpose was to give hope when there was none. His purpose was to save.
So when things did not look good, Christ flipped the script. Instead of a political triumph, he brought the thing we need more than any of us know: reconciliation with God. In our inability to right things, he did. He laid his life down so that our relationship with the Father could be made right.
That’s why the day we celebrate the sacrifice of a son, the sacrifice of a life, can be called good. Without death, there can be no life. Without sacrifice, there cannot be forgiveness. Without the grave, there can be no resurrection.
Without Good Friday, there is no Easter Sunday.
That’s why it’s good.