Today is “Good Friday.” Is Good Friday “good” because kids get time off school and some people get time off work? Is it simply just another long weekend or a statutory holiday? It is interesting that the 2 largest calendar holidays among Christians and non-Christians alike are centered around one man: Jesus Christ. At Christmas we celebrate His birth; at Easter we celebrate His death, burial, and resurrection.
Christmas celebrates God entering into history in the form of a human. On Good Friday, we celebrate the gruesome, agonizing, slow, and excruciating death of God in human flesh (Jesus). Given the details of Jesus’ trial, torture, and subsequent crucifixion, why would this be good? Isn’t it morbid to celebrate such a gruesome death? (If you’re not familiar with the details of His crucifixion, I encourage you to do further study).
Why Is Jesus’ Death Good?
If you had been present at the murder of Jesus, you would have cried out for them to stop as you saw the Roman guards driving the equivalent of railroad spikes into the tender part of the wrists and ankles of Jesus, God in the flesh. We mourn the fact that is our sin that put Jesus on the cross. We crucify Him afresh every time we sin. We do not celebrate the way Jesus died; rather, we celebrate the reason Jesus died.
Some of the Reasons that Jesus Came to Die
Jesus died to show His love for sinners like us.
- Romans 5:8 – God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us
- Galatians 2:20 – …I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me
- John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends
Jesus died to forgive us of our sins
- Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
- Matthew 26:28 – This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins
- Acts 10:43 – …Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name
Jesus died so that we may live for Him and have eternal life
- John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life
- John 3:36 – Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him
- 1 Peter 2:24 – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed
- 2 Corinthians 5:15, 17 – He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come
- Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me
Jesus died to gain His joy and ours
- Hebrews 12:2 – …Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…
- John 15:11 – These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full
- Romans 8:18 – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us
- Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore
Jesus died to reconcile us to God after that relationship was broken
- Romans 5:10 – For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life
- 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 – in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation… We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God
- 1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit
Jesus died to show that evil can be used for good
- Genesis 50:20 – As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…
- Matthew 5:11-12 – Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you
- Acts 4:27-28 – Truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place
- Acts 2:23 – Jesus [was] delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God
- Isaiah 53:5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed
It Doesn’t End on Friday
We would have wept if it all ended on Friday. Sunday is the day that Jesus rose from grave and conquered Satan, sin, and death. Without Sunday, we might question the validity and goodness of Friday. Jesus would have been just another leader to pass away into history. He & Christianity would have remained dead 2000 years ago. This is what separates Jesus from all other major world religion leaders. He is God and He is alive!
As shown above, the Bible is clear about what was accomplished by the death of Jesus & this is GOOD!
– Tyson Bradley