Good Friday. What’s “good” about it? I’m sure many have asked why is this called “Good Friday” when the story behind it tells of Jesus Christ being murdered on a cross. It’s a question that I’ve been thinking about over the last couple of years, especially as I’ve grown in my faith.
I take this day more seriously than I did growing up. Not in a somber way, but more in a thankful way. If you think about it (whether or not you believe the recount of the story in the Bible), we were given a second chance at life if we accept the sacrifice God made for us by sending Jesus Christ.
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22 NIV)
What this verse tells us is that the law back in the day required a blood sacrifice for redemption and forgiveness. That’s why you saw many animal sacrifices brought forward as a substitute for the individual at fault. How can this be applied to Good Friday? If you believe that we are all sinners by nature, then at some point we have to be held accountable. God saw this as an opportunity to show His love for us by sending Jesus Christ to be our substitute.
This is why I’m thankful for Good Friday. Thankful for that second chance because I believe this “story” is true. I believe Jesus Christ suffered a brutal death on my behalf so that I can live and share the joy of a Christ-centered life with others who ask me about it. What this also does is help me appreciate and celebrate Easter Sunday and what that means for Christians worldwide. I no longer take Lent, Good Friday and Easter for granted. They now have a special meaning for me. They are a celebration of life and second chances. Happy Easter!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)