It is only fitting that we call this day good Friday, after all, have you ever ran into a bad Friday? Fridays are typically the best day of the week. They point to the weekend and our work being finished. I find it interesting that we call the day Jesus, our king, was brutally crucified and killed a good day. However, it is beginning to make sense to me more and more these days. The reason that this was such a good Friday is because of the same reason it is for us -- it points to the weekend and it finalized Jesus' work.
The reason Good Friday is so good is because of what took place on the cross on our behalf. God in the flesh took the weight of the world on his shoulders, with all our sin and shame. He defeated sin, death, and evil on the cross and completed the work given to him by the Father. Jesus' death on the cross on Good Friday points us to the weekend, when he stepped out of the tomb victorious over death, ushering forth a new kind of world.
Take time today to reflect on this, read the stories found in the gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), and thank God for the work done on the cross nearly two thousand years ago on your behalf --it is a Good Friday.