Luke 23:50-56 – Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment
There was a young boy at church who once approached me after a Good Friday service. We talked for a few minutes and then he said, “What is so good about Good Friday? After all, Jesus died.”
I told him that if all Jesus had done was to die than it wouldn’t have been good. But the fact that he died for our sins and rose again made it a good day for all of mankind. We received the grace that very special day. We deserved to die for our sins (Romans 3:23; 6:23) but instead we got a gift (Ephesians 2:8). And like any gift it is our choice as to whether or not we want to receive it.
We aren’t sure that Jesus died on Friday, tradition has it there because of the Sabbath day followed. However, at Passover there was also a Sabbath day… the 15th day of the month of Abid. It was a day of holy rest. So that week there would have been two Sabbath days. Some have traced the Jewish calendar back and content that Jesus actually died on Thursday and the Friday was the Passover Sabbath and Saturday was the weekly Sabbath. I don’t think it really matters which day Jesus died on. We know that it was the first day of the week that he arose from the grave because the scriptures tell us so (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1). In fact, all four Gospel writers identify this day.
The etymology of the term “good” in the context of Good Friday is debated. Some sources claim it is from the Latin word for pious or holy and thus the translation of to the word “good”. There are other scholars who say that it is a corruption of “God Friday”. Byzantine Christians. Orthodox Christians, and Greek-Catholics call this day “Great and Holy Friday” or simply “Great Friday”.
For me it is Good Friday. It reminds me that God is good. He has given us so many blessings. He gives us the blessing of eternal life through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus, the Christ. I praise God for his goodness and Good Friday is a special day to help me focus on that wonderful aspect of my God.
God IS good…All the time, And all the time… God IS good.
Dear Father, you are good, perfect, and holy. I praise your name and lift you up. You have given every good and perfect gift. The perfect gift is that which we need the most and we need your grace. The gift that keeps on giving! I love you, Lord. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for your spirit. Thank you for life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.