A Friday Called “Good”

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. -Luke 23:44-45

Language is a funny thing. Invented to help us communicate, words can be the greatest source of misunderstanding and confusion. Take, for instance, “Good Friday”. What could possibly be called “good” on the day when the most famous person in the history of the world was put to death, Love nailed to a cross, the Light of the World extinguished, the Hope of eternity faded to black? Some scholars said it is just a mistake over time from “God Friday.” Other linguists think “good” may mean “pious” or “holy,” but for believers, we know that it was a good day for us because even in darkness, the Son always shines, and Hope eternal cannot die. Good Friday was necessary for a Great Sunday to come, for unconditional grace to be born and for a cross to bloom into the Tree of Life.

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