Thoughts on Good Friday


Why do we call this day Good Friday and the post-Thanksgiving shopping day Black Friday? It seems we would call a good thing, dark. And a bad thing, good. Perhaps we should reverse the titles. The shopping day could be called Good Friday and the day Christ died could be called Black Friday.

When God created the earth, there was darkness first, then light (Gen. 1). So it is with Easter. The history of Good Friday begins with the dark reality that you and I crucified Jesus, but then the light is shown in the reality that He willingly, lovingly stayed put on the cross, didn’t stay put in the grave, and rose again to conquer death. He did not waver in His resolve to save, even though with His power and might, He (sing it with me now) could have called ten thousand angels. So why did He do it? Because He’s good, and He showed His goodness by voluntarily enduring a type of temptation that we will never have to endure – the temptation to NOT bear the monstrous weight of the world’s sins.

Although it happened through horrific circumstances, ultimately, His death was good. It was tragic, but necessary and the truth of it should stun us in two ways: that He would do such a thing for us, and … that He would do such a thing for us!! Same wordage, different emotions. Horrified and happy – that’s what we should be on this day that is both dark and good, beautiful and terrible. Horrified at the gruesome, blood spilling that had to take place to redeem us, and happy that He offered His blood freely, and refused to be rescued by an army of angels.

The more I think about it, the more I realize we have it right. The famous shopping day should remain Black Friday, and today should remain Good Friday. It’s possible I am biased, as I do not relish shopping. But I know a good deal when see one, and overall, Good Friday is a good deal!

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