What is Good about Friday?

At the time of this post, it is precisely 9:00 a.m. on Good Friday.

The significance?

Good Friday is the day of the year on which we celebrate, mark that - celebrate - Christ's torturous death on the cross. On this day, at this time, Jesus Christ's bloody body was nailed to a cross and left to hang there until 3:00 p.m., when He finally gave up His spirit.

abstract depiction of Jesus Christ on the cross

6 agonizing hours. But why? God answers that question in Isaiah 53:10, which says (emphasis mine):

But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

God the Father was pleased to crush Jesus! The reason He did this is for YOUR sake and MINE! Our sin is a debt that we simply are unable to pay on our own. Instead, God took His wrath out on Jesus (and was pleased to do so).

The only thing He requires is true faith in Him (resulting in obedience to your Lord). Don't let this Good Friday and Easter pass you by without contemplating how these things affect YOU. Feel free to contact me with any questions and I will do my best to help out.

Oh the wonderful cross.

  1. Nathan. With respect. I do not celebrate the torturous death. It pisses me off. I celebrate the Resurrection. The overcoming. Your beliefs and mine are probably somewhat similar. But your word choice, your emphasis here, kicked me in the gut. The death breaks my heart. The Life heals it. I would say, Oh, the wonderful empty tomb.
    Susie is the author. Mar 26, 16:09 is the time. <
  2. Susie, I’m sorry that the post rubbed you the wrong way. I fully agree – his torturous death makes me mad too. As you said, it also kicks me in the gut and breaks my heart. And the most heart-breaking thing about it is that it is for my sin that he was there. Mine personally, and yours. And the most horrible thing is that it was the only way to pay the debt of sin – Christ’s horrible, sickening death on the cross. And I have no choice but to look in awe, wonder, and thankfulness that God was willing to do that to His own Son, and that Jesus was willing for that to be done to Him, in order that I might be saved.

    Now that is amazing love. It is so amazing that this day is called “Good Friday”, not because of the torture, but because of the result.
    Nathan Logan is the author. Mar 26, 18:05 is the time. <
  3. As someone who’s not a Christian when it comes to outward gesture, I believe that the events surrounding Christ’s crucifiction are of utmost symbolic significance. I do not deny Jesus’ pain or the pain of those who watched the horrible deed but to me, Jesus’ crucifiction and God’s pleasure at Jesus’ suffering speaks of something else at a very personal level whenever I see a cross. Your body will perish; of old age, in an accident, of slow agonizing disease (or getting nailed to a cross). This is law; God’s law. Reminding yourself of your transience, and performing the works which are your responsibilities, seek the intransient. Leave a legacy of love and sacrifice without lusting for fame; and do it for yourself and God.

    To me, it was Christ’s way of saying to his faithful: “Look! I am now your material self! Your association with your body! Your sin!” So weeping over his suffering is, in essence, weeping over your own condition, for his true abode is no place but your heart.

    If I’ve angered anyone, I’m sorry. Great prophets have always taught by example and Jesus Christ is no exception to me. I am by nature a very spiritual person and am constantly amazed at how Jesus’ words seem to have to end to their poignant depth as I keep ‘growing’ as a human being. A few realizations cannot even be expressed in words even if I wanted to share them; all I have is a “Thank you” :)
    Nik is the author. Mar 26, 22:14 is the time. <
  4. Nik, I think you’re right in saying that the cross should point us to something beyond ourselves and the next five minutes of pleasure. There is truly cosmic significance in how we act, so it matters when we act out of love, sacrifice, and God’s pleasure (while avoiding lust and pride).

    I think at the core of the issue, however, is a person’s motivation in acting this way. As are most religions, Christianity is exclusive (as I believe in and adhere to it). It claims to have the corner on the market of truth and also the prescription for how to appropriately react to that truth.

    In this case, I believe that God will hold us all accountable for our submission to, and relationship with, Him.

    John 14:6 records Jesus as saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

    My fear is that rather than listening to, trusting, having faith in, and following Jesus Christ, in a noble attempt to come up with an ubiquitous solution, people falsely believe that a good old college try will suffice in determining what will happen when they die. I see God in the Bible as a loving, but jealous God. He requires love of Himself in a personal relationship, not just acknowledgement of His existence. I just hope that people are not deceived into following Him just enough to feel good about it, but in the end, miss the boat entirely.

    And when I say these things, I mean them sincerely, not only with conviction, but also with compassion and grief. May God richly bless you, friend.
    Nathan Logan is the author. Mar 28, 15:06 is the time. <