As a teenager, I remember hearing “Good Friday” explained as the day we remember Jesus’s crucifixion and death. I thought, “Why do we call it ‘good’? It’s the worst thing that the world has ever done!” But in God’s good plan, it is the best thing that God has ever done for the world! By His life-giving power, “Good Friday” is the best Friday in the history of the world.
That Friday, 2000 years ago, Jesus finished the work of redemption, and accomplished salvation by his death for sinners, bearing in Himself the penalty of sin and the eternal weight of God’s wrath, for all who believe. Because Jesus died, you can be forgiven. What good news. What a good day!
On this Good Friday, here are five scriptures to meditate on as you consider the death of Jesus. I challenge you to memorize them if you haven’t already! And may God fill your heart with an overwhelming gratitude for Jesus Christ that overflows in praise to God.
Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— (ESV)
1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (ESV)
Romans 3:23–24 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (ESV)
Romans 5:6–8 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (ESV)
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (ESV)
Also, check out this video about Good Friday that a church member shared with me this morning. Jesus’s blood reverses the curse of sin!