What’s so “good” about Good Friday?

Christianity is based on the event of Jesus’ resurrection. You may be wondering why Christians celebrate Jesus’ death as Good Friday. What could be “good” about an innocent person (Jesus) being wrongly arrested, falsely tried, unjustly sentenced to death, and killed by crucifixion?

Christians celebrate Jesus’ death as Good Friday because this historical event marks the reality of God revealing Himself and God’s desire to make a way for you to be in relationship with Him.

Death is often associated with sadness, crying, and mourning – rightfully so, but for Christians, Good Friday is a reminder and celebration of both God’s justice and God’s love. God’s justice is satisfied by Jesus’ sacrificial death as full payment for all your rebellion and disobedience against God. God’s love is demonstrated by Jesus’ willing substitution in your place. Jesus gives His life as a ransom for you.

Matthew 20:28
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

God proactively revealed Himself and showed His great love for you. While you choose rebellion and disobedience toward Him, He sent Jesus to die for you.

Romans 5:8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Can you see why Christians celebrate Jesus’ death as Good Friday and call the gospel the Good News?

Romans 3:22
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

Christians appropriately call Good Friday – “good” because a relationship with God is available for all people through Jesus. This is Good News!

Romans 5:1-2
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

You can reflect on the events of Good Friday any time – not just around the Easter season. Take some time right now to remember what God has done for you through Jesus’ death and reflect on what that means for you today.

Good Friday is the remembrance celebration of the day Jesus died on the cross, but who confirmed Jesus’ death and participated in His burial?

Click below to continue exploring answers in our series about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.