Why Good Friday Is “Good”

 

It almost slipped my mind that it was Good Friday. I admit work had me so busy I nearly forgot that this is the traditional day spent in observation of Jesus dying on the cross.

When I was younger, I remember my Mom having us spend the day at home in quiet.. no music, no television or any other form of entertainment. Instead, she preferred we spend the day in remembrance of Christ’s death. As a kid I wondered why it was called “good” when the day was a reminder of how Christ was brutally sacrificed on the cross.

Even now that I live on my own and am no longer obligated to spend Good Friday in “quiet”, I’m surprised at how much I stick to that tradition. However, now I focus on the “good”.

Jesus already died on the cross, now it’s my job to always remember on Good Friday why He did it and what I gained as a result.

I am Free from the Power of Sin

So many times I’ve tried to “be good” and “act right” however my old habits would still haunt me. I know realize that Jesus died to free me from the power of sin and now it no longer has any power over me. His grace is sufficient ( 2 Corinthians 12:9)

I Have An Abundant Life

I want to live a full, blessed and prosperous life. Jesus came (and died) to give me that life ..and  that life MORE abundantly (John 10:10)

I have a Plan and Purpose To Fulfill

Jesus has a purpose for all of us. As His representatives on earth, it is our job to let Him fulfill that purpose within us. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

As there are countless other things that Christ’s death has given me, I will always keep in mind that Good Friday should be remembered for what we gained at the cross. While I will never forget how Jesus suffered, I will always be thankful for His sacrifice. And that is why Good Friday is truly “Good”.

 

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