Welcome back to FollowinGod.com! Although the transformation continues, I am back on-line, and here is a timely topic:
Why is it called “Good Friday?” In Germany, it’s called Sorrowful Friday.
Some rumors abound that Good Friday evolved from “God’s Friday.” Other people insist that sometime years ago “Holy” was translated as “good” therefore Good Friday, not Holy Friday.
Despite the reasons, Good Friday is every Christian’s celebration of the most important weekend in all of history (and His Story). It celebrates that we believe Jesus died, and rose again – conquering death, and according to the Scriptures
. . . Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:3b-4 NIV)
Jesus willingly gave His life, suffering persecution, anguish, grueling beatings, and an agonizing death that He didn’t deserve, all for you and me, and not for any other reason. Yet, while all of His love for us was demonstrated during this unbearable event, it is followed by a more glorious rising to life on Easter morning when Jesus proved victory over sin and death, pointing to a future resurrection that we, who are united with Him in faith, will experience.
For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His. (Romans 6:5 NIV)
So, regardless what the world calls Good Friday, we can celebrate the culmination of God’s plan to save us through Jesus during this wonderful weekend.
On Sunday morning, most of us will celebrate Easter with our children with baskets filled with candy and other goodies, but let’s not forget to make sure that we spend time telling our future generations what Easter is really about.