What’s so good about Good Friday

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should like unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” – 1 Peter 2: 24.

As we join with Christians all over the world to celebrate Resurrection Day, I am awed by Jesus’ reactions to the events that preceded his death. He experienced pain before he ever endured the cross.

“We may say that on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Savior’s crucifixion.” – Phillips Brooks

The Bible states that everyone sins and falls short. We should strive for perfection, but we are humans, and we will fail at times. Jesus’ love for his people wouldn’t allow him to hold a grudge against those that betrayed him either. In fact, he chose to serve and have dinner with them. He washed the feet of his betrayers. He sat at the dinner table and broke bread with a known backstabber. In so many words, Jesus told Judas, “You’re going to turn on me for some pocket money, but I’m OK with that. I still love you and I’m still going to die for you.”

That’s amazing, but his ability to love beyond the pain didn’t stop there. When he was arrested and handed over to Pilate, his best friend Peter denied ever knowing him. On several occasions, people approached him about their association with Jesus and told, “I never knew the man.” All these people were giving up on Jesus, but he never gave up on them. Even as he was stripped of his clothes, spit upon, and struck in the head; forgiveness was still in his heart.

What’s so good about Good Friday? The fact that Jesus never hesitated to die for those who hurt him deeply and he chose to die for me is what’s good about “Good Friday.”

“Jesus said to her, ‘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 11:25-26