WHY IT IS CALLED GOOD FRIDAY AND NOT BAD FRIDAY



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 Exalt the Cross! God has hung the destiny of the race upon it. Other things we may do in the realm of ethics, and on the lines of philanthropic reforms; but our main duty converges into setting that one glorious beacon of salvation, Calvary’s Cross, before the gaze of every immortal soul.




Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24).

There will be lots of good Friday services in so many churches today. Many will see it as just a religious ceremony were they come to fulfill their religious obligation as a Christian. Today has no significant impact in their lives because they celebrate from a religious not revelational  knowledge of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. It is the Holy Spirit that make known to us the reality of redemption, through Jesus Christ death on the cross. We will celebrate today as good Friday and nothing happens to our spirit man. There will be no transformation and some people who celebrate today will  still go about living in sin.

It is the resurrection of Jesus that make good Friday good.

The essence of good Friday: 
On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1 John 1:10). It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).


Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar? Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” In English, in fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.
In order for the good news of the gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The good news of deliverance only makes sense once we see how we are enslaved. Another way of saying this is that it is important to understand and distinguish between law and gospel in Scripture. We need the law first to show us how hopeless our condition is; then the gospel of Jesus’ grace comes and brings us relief and salvation.

He drained the cup of God's wrath bone dry, leaving not a drop for us to drink - Richard Allen Bodey.

In the same way, Good Friday is “good” because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the perfect sacrificial substitute, in order for forgiveness and salvation to be poured out to the nations. Without that awful day of suffering, sorrow, and shed blood at the cross, God could not be both “just and the justifier” of those who trust in Jesus (Romans 3:26). Paradoxically, the day that seemed to be the greatest triumph of evil was actually the deathblow in God’s gloriously good plan to redeem the world from bondage.


The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness.  Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2) Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace.
Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good". (Justin Holcomb).

           

Friend, as we go to our various services. We should spend time to meditate on the love of Jesus for us that He became our perfect substitute, his victory over sin and how he has made us dead to sin and alive to Him in righteousness.

What is good about Good Friday? Why isn't it called Bad Friday? Because out of the appallingly bad came what was inexpressibly good. And the good trumps the bad, because though the bad was temporary, the good is eternal - Randy Alcorn.


Jesus Christ says:
look at the cross, there is no sin greater than my blood to cleanse you from.

Look at the cross where you have  victory over the works of darkness.

Look at the cross where you have victory over every addiction,sin, sickness, insecurity, fear, worry...

Look at the cross where you have divine health, prosperity, forgiveness, grace, blessings...

Look at the cross where you have rest and have the ability to possess your inheritance in Christ.

If you have not given your life to Christ today is a great day to make Jesus the Lord of your life. Why not do that now!


Say this prayer: lord Jesus I believe in your death and resurrection, that you died for my sins. I receive forgiveness from my sins and ask that you come into heart and be my personal Lord and saviour. I welcome the Holy Spirit into my heart, I declare today that I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus name. Amen.


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