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GOOD FRIDAY OR BAD FRIDAY: WHY EXACTLY IS THAT DREADFUL DAY CALLED GOOD?




“One may be right by saying, the Good Friday as at then, was the day of the greatest triumph of Evil…”

It was a dreadful day, a day of sorrow and agony for him and his followers. Just as the scripture says; the shepherd was stricken and the sheep got scattered. Despite the sorrows of that day, we still maintain the fact that it was a good day (Friday).

THE GOOD FRIDAY
The Good Friday is the Friday that precedes the Easter Sunday. It was the day that the Christians commemorate  (with fasting, prayer, and meditation) the passion, sufferings and the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

A Review of the circumstances that surrounds that dreadful day.
On that dreadful day, before morning dawn:

Jesus was arrested:  Matthew 26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

He was condemned to death; by the Pharisees and the High priests, but they have no power to sentence Him to death without the approval of the Pontius Pilate (who was the then Roman Governor). However, Pilate cannot charge Jesus nor put him to death seeing that Jesus was a Galilean under Herod jurisdiction, Pilate had Jesus sent to Herod in Jerusalem at the time.   

Jesus was found innocent: Herod and Pilate found him innocent; even then, because Pilate feared the crowd, he granted their demand and sentenced Him to death.

He was Ill-treated:  He took the place of Barabbas (the criminal), He was beaten with 39 lashes and mocked he was stripped of his cloth, he was made to carry a Heavy cross to Golgotha.

He was crucified: crucifixion was a death that was usually reserved for the most dangerous criminals. The soldiers drove nails through His wrists and ankles, affixing Him to the cross. In fact, two criminals were crucified with him, one on the left and the other on the right. etc.

Prophet Isaiah gave a perfect description of what happened that very day years back: Isaiah 53:3-10

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Despite these circumstances; we still go on to call the day Good Friday, while some called it Holy Friday, or the Great Friday.

The question that comes to mind is; what then is so good, great and Holy about that dreadful day?
THE WRATH OF GOD AGAINST SIN WAS E (SIN GOT CONDEMNED)
God desires a constant relationship with us, but our sins and iniquities (most especially the one that was brought upon us by the first Adam) separates us from God. The lost relationship between man and God was later restored through the death on Christ on the Cross on Calvary.

1 Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Isaiah 53:5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed

Jesus Christ took the sins of the whole world and nailed it to the cross; as a result of this the lost relationship between God and man was restored.  A symbolic representation of this is the veil of the temple that was turned into two. In short, we receive forgiveness of sins.

IT MARKS THE END OF THE LAW AND USHERED IN THE NEW ERA OF FULL EXPRESSION OF GOD’S GRACE (THE ERA OF THE NEW TESTAMENT)
The Righteousness and forgiveness that comes through the Law wasn’t perfect: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16

Galatians 3:10-13 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

However, By Gods Gracious Gift of Christ, on the cross, Gods Grace was spread across to mankind; By grace, we are saved, justified , glorified, and made the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,.

Lastly, on that day and on that cross; the righteousness demand of justice was satisfied: Which is that Jesus Christ while on the cross was the only perfect atoning sacrifice that mankind needed for redemption.

Hebrews 9:13 -14 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Verse 28: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Herein is our joy full and it suffix to say that what Christ did for us on that Cross makes the day A great, Holy and Good day. (Good Friday)
Therefore, when we accept Jesus Christ’s payment for sin, he washes away our sins and restores our right standing with God.

Glory to God.

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