This post is going to go over Good Friday. The first question is what is Good Friday? This is an easy one. Good Friday is the day Jesus was crucified read Matthew 27: 33-56 for the story. The hard question is “Why is it called good?”
The answer is simple yet incredibly hard to accept. Forgiveness. That is the simple answer what makes it hard is that Jesus had to die so we could get forgiveness. So the reason a sinless man was on the cross was exactly because He was sinless. Our sin needed to be forgiven (so we put Him there) and this was the only way to do that.
In the Old Testament of the Bible God instituted a sacrificial system. Ancient Israel would sacrifice lambs, bulls, birds and so forth as per the instructions from God. The reason was simple any sin brought guilt on someone and the penalty of death. God clearly stated that the penalty for sin is death, due to this God instituted the sacrificial system using the blood of animals instead of our own. (this is called blood guilt) The problem with the sacrificial system is the blood of animals did not take away the sins only covered them up. This allowed God to not destroy humanity because of sin. This did not solve the problem with sin it only put a band aide on it. The true problem solver was Jesus. When Jesus was born this was His purpose and only purpose. There was no other reason to come He was to provide a way for true forgiveness of sins and not just a covering of our sins. This means that when Jesus the Christ forgives us our sins then they are gone. As far as the east is from the west. They are remembered no more and God the Father only sees the payment that Jesus made and then looks to us and says welcome good and faithful servant. (even though some of us are not so faithful He sees us this way anyways)
The reason this day is Holy is simple this is the day Jesus voluntarily gave up His life. He could have said no. He could have called down angels and wiped out all the Roman and Jewish cohorts who had Him there. He could have just walked off the cross and became God in front of everyone and everyone would have believed. This is not what He wanted. He wants us to make a choice. He wants us to have faith. He wants us to live knowing there will be proof other than a personal relationship. So each person has to find that proof themselves. Science will never prove nor disprove God. Philosophy will never prove nor disprove God. Only in a personal relationship can we find proof that we will ever accept.
I want to address what would have happened if Jesus actually did not go through with it. Remember in the garden He asked the Father to allow this to pass and lets try something different. The Father said no. Now Jesus being God could have done what He wanted to He could have said yes and not have gone through this. What would have happened. Honestly, this would have been absolute proof that He was not who He said He was. In other words God will never be untrue to who He is and thusly even if everything else was just right and in the end He did not follow through He would not have been who He said. Thank fully He did go through this. If He had not we would not have forgiveness. We would not have someone else pay our debt a debt mind you that we are not able to pay.
Lets tie this together now. Jesus had to die in fact if you read the Bible you will find that He knew this even before creation was made. He decided to make creation anyways. He had love for us even before we were created. That love was their even knowing what we would do, say, think and so on. He knew how often we would fail. He knew how often we would really hurt those around us. How often we would do things to ourselves that are just wrong. He knew all this and decided to do it anyways because of love.
This is simply and explanation. There are hundreds of Bible passages that relate to this and when I get to this section under my Systematic Theology section I will explore this in its entirety. Thanks for your understanding as to why that is not done here.
Thankfully though the story does not stop there. Be ready for part 3 next.