What Makes Good Friday Good?

It's Good Friday. I've always thought that was an interesting name for the day we remember the death of our Savior. To most people death means the end of something -- the end of a life, the end of a dream. Death and good usually aren't placed in the same sentence.

Yet, Good Friday is just that -- good. It's a day to reflect, a day to remember all that Jesus has done for us, starting with His death on a cross. Because when Jesus died, the curtain in the temple ripped in half -- from the top down. Jesus' death ripped away the barrier separating us from God. Forever. While His death brought sadness to those who knew Him, to those who didn't understand what would happen on Sunday, His death brought eternal joy for the rest of us.

Good Friday is good because it meant that nothing -- nothing -- would ever keep us separated from God again. Jesus took all of the sin that kept us from God upon Himself. And then He died. Not because He had done anything wrong, but because He loves us -- you and me. He chose to stay on that cross because He loves me, because the only way to defeat sin was to die. He chose to stay on that cross because He didn't want me to spend eternity separated from God. Good Friday is good because it's the biggest show of love from anyone ever.

Good Friday is good because it means nothing I do, nothing I say can ever undo the sacrifice that Jesus made. No matter how deep the pit I'm in, no matter how horrible the thing I've done, Jesus' sacrifice covers it all. He died so that I don't have to walk alone. God can be there with me because my sin is covered in Jesus' blood. "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace" (Ephesians 1:7).

Good Friday might seem like a strange name for the day we remember Jesus' death, but it truly is a good day. Because despite the sadness that goes along with Jesus' death, joy is coming on Sunday. Jesus didn't stay dead. He rose again. He made a sacrifice, and then He conquered death. On Sunday, we'll celebrate because Jesus is alive.

But today, let's focus our hearts and minds on the goodness of this day. Let's help our kids understand what's good about this day. Let's reflect on just what it is that makes Good Friday so good.