by: Larry Evans
"Why do we call it 'Good Friday'? It is the day Jesus was crucified on the cross. What is 'good' about that? "
If you have ever asked that question, you are not alone. It seems counter-intuitive that we should celebrate Jesus being crucified on the cross. In fact, the "Good Friday" service usually ends on a down note. Everything in the service leads up to the cross, Jesus is crucified, and we all leave quietly with thoughts of the crucifixion on our mind. What is "good" about that? In order to answer that question, it is important that we understand what happened on the cross.
Jesus' crucifixion on the cross wasn't simply Him dying in our place. Yes, He was physically beaten beyond recognition. He did suffer and die because of His love for us, but it was so much more. Jesus wasn't a martyr, He was the sacrifice for our sin.
What makes Good Friday "good" is what was accomplished on the cross. Namely, Jesus took the wrath of God for our sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21
"For our sake, He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."
"by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside nailing it to the cross."
"There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ."
1. He was the perfect, sinless, sacrifice.
2. He became our sin.
3. He paid the penalty for our sin.
When we gather to celebrate "Good Friday," we remember the price that was paid for our sin was paid by Jesus.