According to Wikipedia.com, The etymology of the term “good” in the context of Good Friday is contested. Some sources claim ‘good’ to simply mean pious or holy, while others contend that it is a corruption of “God Friday”. The Oxford English Dictionary supports the first etymology, giving “of a day or season observed as holy by the church”…In German-speaking countries, Good Friday is generally referred to as Karfreitag (Kar from Old High German kara‚ “bewail”, “grieve”‚ “mourn”, Freitag for “Friday”): Mourning Friday. The Kar prefix is an ancestor of the English word care in the sense of cares and woes; it meant mourning.
It must seem puzzling to those outside of a relationship to Christ that we would refer to this day our Savior died as “good.” I’m sure, to them, it seems quite irrational to consider the death of the one a belief system is based on as “good.” The day Muhammad died is not called “good” by Muslims. The day Buddha died is not called “good” by Buddhist. Why does the Christian world consider the day Jesus died, in such a horrible, terrible way, why would we possibly call it “good?”
The difference, of course, is found in the fact that in those other belief systems the followers of that belief system gained nothing by the death of its founder. Muslims gained nothing from the death of Muhammad. Buddhist gained nothing from the death of Buddha. The followers of all other religions gained nothing from the death of the one on which it is based.
Followers of Jesus, on the other hand, gained everything from His death! As the Apostle Paul put it: For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT)
One of my favorite Chris Tomlin songs that we sing is entitled: At The Cross (Love Ran Red) I think it does a pretty good job of explaining what makes the day Jesus Christ died “good.” The first verse and chorus go like this:
There’s a place where mercy reigns and never dies
There’s a place where streams of grace flow deep and wide
Where all the love I’ve ever found, comes like a flood, comes flowing down
At the cross, at the cross I surrender my life
I’m in awe of You, I’m in awe of You
Where Your love ran red, and my sin washed white
I owe all to You, I owe all to You Jesus
Of course, if the story had ended with His death it would have been a different story. (Something we’ll be talking about this Sunday!) But the story didn’t end at the cross. The empty tomb is our proof that Jesus’ mission was successful, and our sin-debt was paid.
Now since we preached that Christ was raised from the dead, why do some of you say that people will not be raised from the dead? If no one is ever raised from the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is worth nothing, and your faith is worth nothing. And also, we are guilty of lying about God, because we testified of him that he raised Christ from the dead. But if people are not raised from the dead, then God never raised Christ. If the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith has nothing to it; you are still guilty of your sins. And those in Christ who have already died are lost. If our hope in Christ is for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone else in the world. But Christ has truly been raised from the dead—the first one and proof that those who sleep in death will also be raised. (1 Corinthians 15:12-20 NCV)
Without the empty tomb it might be more appropriate to refer to Friday as ‘Mourning Friday.’ But Sunday morning changed Friday’s mourning to shouts of joyful adoration and praise for the One who laid down His life, so that we could take up eternal life in Him. Now that’s good!
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