Today is Good Friday. Today is the day to commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross.
Death of Jesus...Why is it called Good Friday? The most common answer I hear is that even though it was physical death to Jesus, it was good for us because we were able to receive salvation through His redemptive death on the cross. Maybe... Even if so, is that all to it?
If it is all there is to name this special day Good Friday, it is such a selfish naming of the holy day in human's self-centered eyes.
I believe it is called good because the redemptive work of Jesus was in line with and in obedience to God's will to save His chosen people. The word "good" has "god" in it. If you take "o" out from the word "good" then you have "god." On the other hand, if you take "god" out of "good" then you have only "o." O. Zero. Nothing. Nada. No matter how good we think anything is, if there is no God in it, then it is nothing. We love to use the word "good" for almost everything. Good car, good house, good job, good food, good girl, good guy, good cloth, good weather, and even good weapon. No matter how god it is, if it does not have God in it, it means nothing.
Good Friday. The Creator God in human flesh bore my sin and the sins of all others and died on the cross, sinlessly and willingly though with lots of pain, agony and humiliation. He said, "It is finished." He meant that all the wages of sins have been paid off. Once and for all. What a grace I cannot bear! What a love I do not deserve! Nonetheless, He redeemed us all who come forth in faith that His redemptive blood cleans us who confess that He is the Savior. He also offers to be the Master of those who surrender their lives to Him and accept Him as the Lord.
In His awesome grace, I shiver and kneel down. Humbly but gratefully.
Today is Good Friday. Holy Day. God's good purpose for His people has been finished. Once and for all. Thus, it is good. Today is Good Friday. - Jeffrey