What is Good Friday?
“Good Friday” is the day in the Church that we remember Jesus’ death. So why call it “Good”? Because by His death, Jesus became the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. We cannot erase our guilt, nor can we overcome our sins by our good deeds. But Christ did what we could never do for ourselves, by dying for us on that first Good Friday.
But first, what about the Last Supper?
The “Last Supper” is what we call Jesus’ participating in the Passover meal with His disciples before He would be arrested, tried, and crucified. The Passover was the remembrance that God had delivered His people, Israel, from their bondage to Egypt, through the killing of all first-born sons… unless they put the blood of a spotless lamb above the doorposts of their homes – then the angel would “pass over” and the home would be spared. So when Jesus sat down with His disciples, as we read in Matthew 26:26-28,
26 “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins,”
We see Jesus giving a small foreshadowing of what He was about to do by His death.
As we look ahead to Easter, let us spend the next two days with two postures:
- Prayerful – This is your permission to lament if needed. If you are struggling with your sin or the circumstances of this world, come to God with them. Remember that even in our darkest moments, like the world experienced when Jesus breathed His last breath, our God is not distant, but rather, is walking with us. In the midst of your own emotional state, thank God for who He is, what He has done for you, and how that has changed your life.
- Expectant – The death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection on Easter are the greatest moments of victory in human history; it proved God conquered sin, death, and Satan. Pray with the expectation that God will save those who don’t have hope this Easter. Lift up your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc, who still need to put their trust in Jesus and expect God to work.