When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him:

Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
Matthew 27:35–38.

It’s Good Friday. But why do we call it good? Well, the truth is, no one is really sure. It does really seem like an underwhelming adjective in light of the events we commemorate. Terrible Friday? Freaky Friday (check out the rest of Matthew 27)? Fantastic Friday (sounds like a crazy sales slogan)?

Whatever we should call it. The outcome should be the same. Praise and thanksgiving as we marvel at the work of Christ. Here are words that should reverberate through our souls. When they had crucified Him.

To think that the God of the universe, the creator of the stars, the author of history, the definition of goodness and justice, allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross. Not just the King of the Jews as they so ironically wrote. But the King of the Cosmos is hanging on a cross.

Yet our Lord allowed Himself to be crucified. That we might avoid the torture and humiliation of eternity in hell. Whatever the origins of ‘Good Friday’, it certainly is good for those who trust in Him. Let’s give thanks and praise our gracious, glorious King. 

For Today:
  • Why are you thankful for Jesus on the cross?
  • How could you show your gratitude today?
  • Spend five minutes reflecting on the reasons to be thankful because of ‘Good Friday.’

  • Praise the Father for His grace and mercy, that He would send His only Son to make wretches His treasure. 
  • Give thanks for Christ who suffered on our behalf, that we might avoid the suffering of hell.
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others give thanks and praise to our glorious King.

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