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Why is it Called "Good Friday?"

By Benjamin H. Liles

          For the follower of Christ Jesus we know what it means to celebrate Good Friday. But even if we didn't know or understand the reason we can rest assured on two things: Jesus died an hour and nine minutes ago, as it is in the States here, on April 3, 33 A.D. It means that almost two thousand years ago, at around 3 or 3:30 pm in Jerusalem, Israel Jesus paid the sacrifice for you and I. Why is that a "good" thing?

          Paul records, "He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to life for our justification" (Romans 4:25, Berean Study). Paul is saying here that Jesus the Messiah, that is Christ in the Greek, gave Himself up to die in our place. This is radical thinking, to say the least! Even a bit later within Romans he penned the words, "For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6, 8).

          Then again in the pages of Corinthians Paul writes, "He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised" (2 Corinthians 5:15, Holman Christian Standard). So, in and through the death of Jesus Paul is saying we have been purchased away from death, and adds on that we "no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised."

          This is what constitutes the narrative for being a follower of Jesus the Messiah! Good Friday is indeed "Good" because He died to redeem us from a body of death, thus raising us to life when He rose again Sunday, which in the Jewish mindset is three days later! It is for this reason we have Easter just as immediately following Good Friday! I pray this blesses and encourages you all this Easter season! God bless!

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