Today is Good Friday. It is the day we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. I read somewhere that the “Good” may have begun as Holy; we are really not sure. It is good for us but it was a terrible day for Jesus. The night before, He had been betrayed and arrested. Then the humiliating trials began, before the Jewish High Priest and Council, Pilate, Herod, and back to Pilate again. He was mocked, spit upon, and scourged. Would this mockery and torture ever end? Hardly, now he had to endure the death march to Calvary and then the horror of crucifixion.
Jesus was crucified about nine o’clock in the morning while striped of all clothing. He commended His spirit to the Father and released His life at about three o’clock in the afternoon near the time of the killing of the Passover lambs. Six hours of excruciating pain and shame.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV). 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV
“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24 NKJV).
Sunday, we will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus—the pinnacle day of Christianity. There would never been a resurrection without the crucifixion. His death would have amounted to no more than my death but for the reason He was the Son of God.
So what is so good about Good Friday? It was the day the ransom for my soul and your soul was paid. I received it by faith in the only Name that is above every Name—the Name of Jesus!
Harry L. Whitt