Friday, March 21, 2008

Why Call it "Good" Friday?

Why is the Friday before Easter called "Good"? Isn't it the day Christ was crucified? Don't really think it was a good day for him? His friends and family didn't think it was such a good day either. So why do we call it good today?

Whenever I'm asked that question I wish I belonged to a church that had answers for everything that made sense to everyone. After doing some research I've found a number of explanations that range from where we get the word "good" to how we use the word in today's language. But the explanation I liked the best as to do with the reason why Christ died to begin with.

Christians throughout the world are commemorating this day as the day Christ began his redemptive work on the cross. It was at this point that the sin of the world was finally paid for, but the redemption work had not yet been completed.

Christ's death on the cross is not the end. You see, if Christ had not risen from the dead three days later we would not have the everlasting hope of eternal life. Christ had to conquer death and hell in order for us to be completely free from the chains of sin. The best part of all of this is that we no longer need to pay the price with our lives all we need to do is accept the gift of salvation Christ extends to us.

Today is a Good day - a day the price of death had been paid and the gift of eternal life is given to us as long as we accept it from him. Don't wait another minute to accept his gift so deeply paid. If you have accepted this gift today please let me know by emailing me.

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