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Q:

I've never understood why people refer to the day that Jesus died as "Good Friday." It seems to me the death of an innocent man is a great tragedy.


A:

You’re right, up to a point; Jesus was innocent of any crime, and from a human standpoint He didn’t deserve to die. You also are right in saying that Jesus’ death was a great tragedy—for it was.

Why do Christians call the day of His death “Good Friday”? They do so because of what He accomplished for us on that day. The key is to understand who Jesus was, and why He came into the world. Jesus wasn’t just another human being; He was also God in human flesh. Jesus Himself declared, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

And the reason He came into the world was to deal with the greatest problem of the human race: the problem of our sins. Jesus was perfect and without sin—but on the cross all our sins were transferred to Him, and He died in our place. We deserved to die on that cross, but Jesus took the punishment we deserve—and because He did, we can be forgiven and cleansed of all our sins.

Yes, it was a tragedy Jesus had to die—and the reason He had to die was because of us. There was no other way for our sins to be forgiven, and no other way for heaven’s door to be opened to us. He was willing to do this because He loves us, and He doesn’t want us to spend eternity apart from Him. Open your heart to Christ today, and when you do, it truly will become your “Good Friday”!

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29 Comments

  1. Mavis adjei says:

    May the good Lord bless you all

  2. Emmanuel Masieh says:

    Good Friday is a day when Jesus Christ says on the cross sixth holy word He finished every mourn thing and completed every well of GOD to restore the human life GOD’s saving great plan we must thank the LORD and Jesus Christ that day.

  3. Lois Greenwalt says:

    I love you Jesus. You are my strength and my courage. I thank you every day for putting that love in my heart and accepting me just as I am. What a wonderful Savior.

  4. Julie Bisher says:

    Your words are so well conveyed. I thank God upon every remembrance of you. May the Glory forever be his.

  5. Nancy Jennings says:

    AMEN Christ is with us always he’s so loving and forgiving

  6. Brima George says:

    praise God for that great sacrifice. but how good was it when he was molested, spit upon slapped and totally humiliated? I know it was for my own good. God bless you grand pa in the Lord Graham

  7. Amanuel Markos says:

    God bless you!!!!!!

  8. chris muindi says:

    Thank you for blessing me for blessing
    me through enlightening about Good friday im encouraged by good news about what Jesus accomplished on Cross thank you for sharing word of God.

  9. John Jusko says:

    Thanks Dr. Graham about the unknown truth about GOOD FRIDAY and this is the day that has all of us in silence of and about our savior who died on the cross for the world now.