Why is today called “Good”?
Today is the day Christians reflect on the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
In the English-speaking world, the term “Good Friday” most likely comes from an archaic sense of the word good, which meant “holy.” In fact, in the Greek-speaking church, the day is called “the Great Friday” or “Holy Friday.” In German, it’s called “Sorrowful Friday.”
By whatever name, today is a day for fasting, prayer, and contemplation of the greatest act of love in the history of the universe.
Consider the weight of these words from Scripture:
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed (Is 53:5).
And Jesus’ own words from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46)
To help you meditate on this awe-filled day, come to BreakPoint.org and download our booklet “The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus.”
And remember, by His wounds we are healed.
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