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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.


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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  1. Karunya David says:

    Thank you so much Lord for forgiving me.

  2. James E Gross says:

    Over the years I have enjoyed listening to Billy Graham’s preaching and his comments on the Bible and Jesus’ ministry here on Earth.

  3. Sarah Milton says:

    Amen…. Thank you Lord!! 🙏

  4. Rosa Maria Matthews says:

    Great answer….He is my Savior!

  5. Venessa Litewskj says:

    I look forward to receiving your ministry update so I will know better how to pray for you. I am so very grateful for “Good Friday” for our sin sacrifice couldn’t have been paid for by any other One but The One whose path was laid before the foundations of the world, my Lord and King, my Savior and our Messiah: Jesus Christ

  6. Judy Barnes says:

    God bless us all

  7. Gloria Lockerbie says:

    There will never be another Billy Graham. When he.preached you could feel the anointing very few pastors was that good. Gloria Lockerbie.