What is Good Friday?

Good Friday may come across as a somewhat confusing name for this solemn holiday.  Why should it be “good” that Jesus is crucified on the cross?  This of course all hinges on your use of the word “good”.  The crucifixion is not pleasant, nor cheerful, nor does it inspire joyful feelings.  It is not good in the sense of surface delights.  Yet the crucifixion is the utmost “good’ for us, the beneficiaries of the forgiveness found in the cross.  As the curse of sin is broken upon the shoulders of Christ, what we experience then is the ultimate benefit of the soul.  Good Friday is more than a marker remembering Jesus’ gruesome and violent death on the cross. It is a day to reflect and respond in gratitude for the greatest “good” humanity has ever received.

Prepare Yourself in Prayer

Take some time to quiet yourself in prayer.  Forget the stresses of the day.  Take a few minutes just to be still before the Lord.  Ask for God to reveal Himself to you in this time.
Here are a few verses to reflect on:

Romans 5:6-10
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
1 Peter 3:18
18 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 in the Spirit.
1 Peter 2:24
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Printable Prayer Guide

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