BART Group of Churches
What is good about Good Friday?
The word ‘good’ here may have originally been used to designate a special ‘holy’ day.
It seems anathema to think of Jesus suffering on the cross as something good.
The story of the cross is shocking. Yet the Christian understanding is that all the shame and hurt, all the guilt and pain we can cause ourselves and each other and experience around us is somehow focussed, on the cross, in one man who is God.
The paradox is that this is what makes the story of the cross of Jesus such profoundly good news. For the Christian understanding is that, on the cross, all that shame and hurt and guilt and pain is answered and dealt with, once for all, by one man who is God.
The sorrow of Good Friday is the harbinger of the good news of Easter.
It is Easter that is at the heart of the Christian message —that the risen Jesus has won through, even death, not only for himself but for us too, when we accept him for ourselves.
It is Easter that is at the heart of the Christian message — that the cross wipes away all that separates us from God and that the empty tomb and the resurrection of Jesus vindicate his victory and assure us that the way is open for us to have a relationship with the God, when we say ‘yes’ to Jesus.
He died that we might be forgiven,
He died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.
There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven and let us in.
May this Easter be a time of blessing for you