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April 3, 2015

What’s Good About About Good Friday?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Yes, tell me what is good about Good Friday?

For Christians, this is the day that acknowledges the crucifixion of Christ.  What is good about such suffering . . . agony?

I find it curious why the word “good” is used to describe that day.  Good Friday is not in the Bible.  There are a couple of words in the Bible that are translated “good” as an adjective.  The Greek adjectives mean beneficial, good, fair, beautiful, or noble.

The etymology of the term “good” is strange.  In use as Good Friday, some claim it is from “pious or holy.”  Some contend it is a corruption of “God Friday.”  In some places it is called “Holy Friday.”

To place the adjective “good” with the Friday that acknowledges the cruel crucifixion, continues to leave me trying to grasp the true meaning.  I continue to ask what is good about such a Friday.  I still don’t get how Good Friday was coined.

My sense of understanding must focus on the fact that the “good” is that, although Christ was crucified, the “good” is that Christ gave Himself for me!

It was a good, beneficial, and noble thing that happened that day when Christ was crucified.  All of us are the recipients of the “good” thing He did that day!  His death was beneficial for us . . . and it was truly a noble thing He did for us!

Christ was undeserving of such a death, but He fulfilled the plan of God in that One should die for the sins of all mankind.  That one is Christ . . . and the mankind is for every one of  us!  Without His shed blood to pay for all our sins, there is no hope!  So, I bow in gratitude that there was a Good Friday!  We are the benefactors of that “Good.”

Yes . . . for me it was a Good Friday!

“Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people . . . .”  (Hebrews 9:28)  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in thisWhile we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)



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