When Easter rolls round each year we tend to focus on the wondrous miracle of Christ’s resurrection. The surest historical evidence upon which faith is drawn is the empty tomb. His resurrection also proves He is the son of God and death could not him captive.
This Easter my thought have drifted to why a Friday like this is called ‘Good’, when Christ was pierced, crushed, chastened, and scourged and afterwards He yielded up His spirit. Churches on this day will dramatize the passion of Christ. His death, very unique and no earthly king in history has ever died such a frightening death.
After seeing the passion of Christ, that which He went through in the hands of those He came to save, you won’t be wrong to conclude it was a bad or terrible Friday. As a day which Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, Good Friday may seem counterintuitive to many Christians and non-believers. If the day is typically viewed as a solemn one, often observed with fasting and somber processions, then why call it Good Friday?
Many reasons exist towards the origin of the name ‘good’. As a matter of fact there are countless reasons as to why the Friday is or should be called Good Friday. Regardless the number of reasons, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus as terrible as it was marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins. As terrible as the day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter.
It was a good gesture shown by Jesus Christ to everyone in the world. The kind of gesture called Agape Love by Christians. All over the world today, no one has been able to show such kind of love. No matter the love they profess.
Good Friday is here again. It shows us the importance of the cross. It shows us why we should show Jesus kind of love to one another. This is the period Christians are admonished not to forget why Christ was on earth. He came for the unbelievers so as Christians Easter tells us to love even the unbelievers who are our neighbours. Left for me I would have named this Friday ‘Best Friday’, because that which Jesus did no man on earth can do.
Whatever you do and no matter your faith or denomination, just remember that someone was so kind enough to die for you without knowing you. Make this Good Friday your Best Friday by engaging in something good and that way Christ will be happy he died for you.
To the families of the victims of the April 9 palm Sunday twin bomb blast in Egypt; Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” His words hopefully comfort you and may the souls of the faithful departed find repose in the bosom of the Lord.