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Is Good Friday “Good”?

Anchor Devotional - 03.25.16


“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

John 19:30

Have you ever wondered why we call this day “Good Friday”? Why do we call a day that commemorates extreme suffering, intense sorrow and tortuous death “good”? It is good because as terrible as the suffering and death of Jesus were, this was the crucial point in the history of the world; God’s plan of salvation was complete. Our debt was paid in full. While we solemnly observe the crucifixion, we also celebrate Jesus’ words, “It is finished.”

So what exactly was finished? Much! The forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7), salvation from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9), the fulfillment of the Law (Romans 10:4), the fulfillment of prophets (Matthew 5:17), and the destruction of the power of the devil (Hebrews 2:14). The debt of the sin of all humanity was paid in full (Colossians 2:13-14).

So you can see that through the horror of the events at the cross, it truly is Good Friday! God’s plan of salvation has been completed, is effective today and will remain effective forever. It is Good Friday because “It is finished!”

Scripture Focus

John 19:16-37

Insight

Praise to you, gracious Lord, for finishing the work of salvation! Praise to you, Lamb of God, for leaving no unfinished business behind!

Read the Bible

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  • Psalm 84
  • Acts 7