My son asked me, “Why do we call it Good Friday when it’s the day Jesus suffered and died?” I explained that centuries ago, they used the word good as a word to refer to something holy. Then I also explained that it truly was the greatest day in history until the resurrection. If Jesus had not been beaten and died, we would still be in our sins. It’s good that He took on our sins and made a way for us to get to Heaven. It’s good that He went to Hell to conquer it and to take the keys of it and the grave. While today is a somber day of remembrance, it is a good day in the history of the world.
Here are some Bible verses to reflect on for Good Friday.
1. Christ purchased our freedom and redeemed us from the curse of the Law and its condemnation by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs [crucified] on a tree (cross).”
Galatians 3:13 AMP
2. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
1 Peter 3:18 ESV
3. But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
Isaiah 53:5 NLT
4. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
Romans 6:6 NLT
5. My old identity has been co-crucified with Christ and no longer lives. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, dispensing his life into mine!
Galatians 2:20 TPT