“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)
The crucifixion of Jesus was the most horrific, heinous act of evil ever recorded in human history. When you research how one dies from crucifixion, perhaps you might wonder, Why in the world do we call it “Good Friday?”
It’s good and important question, but also one that is easily answered. Just like the quote above, it’s called “Good Friday” because from this horrendous act of evil came the greatest good we will ever know—our salvation!
In other words, Good Friday is good because, through the death of Jesus on the cross, our sins—past, present, and future—are paid for! No more sacrifices, no more rituals, no more wondering if we’re in God’s good graces.
Jesus’ death paved the way for our unlimited and unhindered access to the Father. And even more, Isaiah 53 reads that it was the Father’s will to crush His Son:
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Isaiah 53:10 ESV