Is Good Friday Actually “Good”?


This is the day on which we celebrate the death of an innocent man – and not just any man: the greatest man who ever lived. It is the day when we remember that the Light of the World was overcome by darkness; that the Savior of the World was murdered by those He came to save.

Why in the world would we call this day “Good Friday”?

John Stott put it this way:

“The essence of sin is that we substitute ourselves for God; we put ourselves where only God deserves to be … that’s the essence of sin. But the essence of salvation is that God substitutes himself for us; God puts himself where we deserve to be … that’s the essence of salvation.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 says: “For our sake he (God) made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

In this verse we see what it is that makes Good Friday so incredibly “good”. It is something we call “imputation”, and it has two sides: On the cross, God imputed your flawed record to Jesus, so that He could impute Jesus’ perfect record to you. On the cross, God treated Jesus as if he had lived your life, so he could treat you as if you had lived his life.

Jesus’ act of substitution, God’s act of imputation – lead to our reconciliation with God.

And the way to receive this gift of God’s grace, the Bible tells us, is to “receive him, who believe in his name.” (John 1:12) This kind of belief isn’t merely to believe that it happened, but to believe it personally, in the sense of trusting in it, relying on it, and clinging to it.

If you do that, then today will indeed by a Good Friday for you!

8 thoughts on “Is Good Friday Actually “Good”?

  1. So perfectly explained! I’ve never heard such a detailed analysis of what Good Friday is all about. I’m 56 years young and I never thought it was very good and always wondered why they called it that. Whenever I went to church you was sad I never made me feel very good the whole thing so this is explanation even though it’s still kind of confusing, helps me understand the meaning of what Good Friday is all about. Thank you so much for explaining. I’m going to share this with all my Christian followers on totally inspired it’s a pleasure meeting you Mr. Longmont Pastor. I am Paulette Le Pore Motzko and I live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

      1. HI Nick,
        I just shared your outstanding peace with all my followers which are nearly 3,000 from nearly 100 countries on totally inspired mind. I think you’ll find it’s a very positive and warm place to congregate. I created it back in 2012 for like-minded, positive people who care about not only now but the future promoting understanding and quality.

  2. So was the imputation flawed or failed completely? Why all the drama? If god wanted it so he would have have it so. This is why The omnipotence of our LORD is questioned. An infant/child dies not have the mental resource to grasp good or evil yet millions die each year of hunger, disease, abuses and he just “watches” all his children suffer. I’m sorry but it is hard to believe in an intangible thing than the pain and hunger are ciursing through your body. Isn’t the LORD SUPPOSED TO BE COMPASSIONATE AND LIVING! It’s like a republican anti-abortion stance. No abortions but once they are born they are neglected. If your god is omnipotent then he chooses to see the misery in the world.

    1. Hi Jojoe, No it was neither flawed nor failed. The answer is that it was completed, and yet God waits because He is not done yet with His work on this broken Earth. He is so committed to abolishing pain and suffering that He gave His own life to end it forever. The fulfillment of that is at a time still in the future. I explain this in more detail in this post:
      I will also be addressing this question in an upcoming sermon series at White Fields Community Church – – called “The Trouble Is…” – in which I will be addressing the question: “If God is loving and omnipotent, why does He allow evil and suffering in the world.”

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