Jesus was betrayed by one of his own disciples, arrested, mocked, almost beaten to death, and then crucified on a cross on a Friday during Passover. So why
on earth do we call that terrible day in history “Good Friday?”
It has been said that the Jews put Jesus to death. This statement is often misunderstood and can be an unwitting incentive for prejudice against the Jewish people. It is important to note that the Biblical term, “the Jews,” refers to the Jewish leadership, not the Jewish people in general. However, the fact is, all people,
you and I, put Jesus to death.
Our sin brought Jesus to the cross. But never forget, Jesus willingly went to the cross; this was his life’s purpose! He endured the cross for the joy that was before him…(Heb. 12:2). Joy? in dying? Yes! Because he loves us that much!
So, what’s so good about “Good Friday?” On that terrible and glorious day, those who trust in him were set free from the power of darkness and brought into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, in him we have been rescued and forgiven of our
sins (Colossians 1:13-14).
But, if Jesus had stayed in the tomb, that "Good" day wouldn’t have been sufficient to cover our sins!
The Bible says, if Christ wasn't raised from the dead, our faith is futile;
we are still in our sins….If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ
was indeed raised from the dead (2 Corinthians 15:17-20)!
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never
die (John 11:25).”
Good Friday is good because Jesus overcame sin and death! He is Risen…he is risen indeed!
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