Today is Maundy Thursday. In yesterday’s blog we looked at the fact that Maundy meant “command” which focuses on the command of Jesus to those disciples that they would love one another. Tomorrow is Good Friday! For those who are familiar with the events of Good Friday, it almost seems like a contradiction in terms. When we look at what happened to Jesus: betrayal, trials, beatings, crown of thorns, and being nailed to the cross, there was not much that was good.
So, why is Good Friday referred to as Good? Simply put, Good Friday is referred to as Good Friday not because the events of the day were good but because the results of the bad that took place on that day were good.
In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
NOW THAT WAS GOOD!
In 1 Peter we are told, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).
AND THAT WAS GOOD!
So, Good Friday is not called Good Friday because of the events of that day, but it is Good Friday because of the results of that day. Think about it and Have a “Good Friday” Tomorrow!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D