As a child, I could not figure out why today is called “Good Friday” as it was a day to remember the crucifixion of Christ. How could something so horrible be called good?
I recently read an article that answers this question;
“The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Psalms 85:10 sings of a day when “righteousness and peace” will “kiss each other.” The cross of Jesus is where that occurred, where God’s demands, his righteousness, coincided with his mercy. We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin. “For the joy set before him” (Hebrews 12:2) Jesus endured the cross on Good Friday, knowing it led to his resurrection, our salvation, and the beginning of God’s reign of righteousness and peace. Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so Good.”
Beneath the sadness this day brings lies an undercurrent of joy as we know that our redeemer lives! Blessings to you on this holy day.