As my mind was meditating on this coming Sunday it occurred to me that Friday was “Good Friday” but why do we call it that when Christ died on that day?

So the first thing I did was go on an archeological expedition to find out what “Good Friday” meant and this is what I found… the etymology ‘Good Friday’ comes from the sense ‘pious, holy’ of the word “good”. Less common examples of expressions based on this obsolete sense of “good” include “the good book” for the Bible, “good tide” for “Christmas” or Shrovetide and Good Wednesday for the Wednesday in Holy Week.

Why call these terms obsolete or less common when the centerpiece of this Holy day is far from those words? To me, the reason the terminologies of “Good Friday” are neither obsolete nor less common is that we have been celebrating this day ever since I can remember. And did celebrate it yesterday as an official holiday in most countries. When Christ spoke the words “It is Finished” on this day He completed the work of His ministry and fulfilled His word…Jesus answered and said unto them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. (John 2:19-22 KJV)

Thank God for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on that Good Friday. For no matter how many good deeds we might have done none of those deeds could have totally obliterated the sins of man or reconciled us back to God. So as the Son rose, on this Sunday let us give thanks and hold Him, dear, in our hearts for the brightness of His grace that shines eternally on us all. For it is He who causes us to call that special Friday Good!

*Good Friday Etymology accessed Wikipedia.org.

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