Why do we call it Good?
Today we remember that our God and Father sent His son to die for the sake of someone else. To pay for someone else's debt that they could not pay. To pay for crimes He did not commit.
Whose sin did He pay the price of blood for?
Today we remember that our Lord was beaten to a pulp, even beyond that, and led as a lamb to the slaughter because of us. Because He is so in love with us, He faced death for us.
Jesus is the ultimate hero.
The one completely innocent person to walk the earth, was sentenced to a brutal, brutal death with the weight of the whole world's sin on His back.
Because of love. And God is Love.
Why do we call it Good that He was whipped and pierced and cut and bruised beyond recognition? That He was forsaken by His companions, betrayed, and scoffed at and mocked?
Why do we call it Good that the God of the universe died on that bloody cross?
Why is that Good?
Because God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.
It is Good, for us, because God through His son bridged the gap between humanity and Himself. Because reconciliation was made by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
But it all would have come to naught if it ended there, at the Cross. There would be nothing good at all about the suffering and humiliation and execution of Jesus if it ended with His body laid in a tomb to rot away.
It is Good Friday, because Sunday is coming....