2012-04-09 - Why Do We Call It Good Friday?
"So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified Him, and with Him two others-one on each side and Jesus in the middle." (John 19:16-18, NIV)
Today is the day that Jesus Christ died on the cross. So, why is the day on which Jesus was so brutally killed called Good Friday? What is so good about Good Friday?
First, we should consider the word good. The exact origin of the word of good in Good Friday is not clear. Many scholars equate the word "good" to "holy." So, perhaps a better phrase for today may be Holy Friday. In Germany, today is called God's Friday, Sorrowful Friday, or Suffering Friday. In some other European countries such as Denmark, it is known as Long Friday.
What is so good about this Friday, in particular? On this day, Jesus, Who was without sin, showed His great love for us by dying for our sins. His death on the cross brings a new life to all who will believe and follow Him. We look forward to Easter Sunday, when we celebrate the fact that Our Lord and Savior has arisen from the dead.