From James White: In Church History, we have come to identify the Friday before Easter Sunday as ‘Good Friday.’ It is on this holy day that we look back 2,000 years in history and remember when Jesus Christ was marched out of the city, up a hill and through voluntary action, allowed nails to be driven into his hands and feet. To be crucified on a cross between two thieves.
The amazing thing about Good Friday is that it was and is part of the “good” declared by God at the beginning—at Creation: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31, NIV). The Fall of Man was not good; our sin, disobedience, and as a result all the suffering from the beginning till now is not good. But God’s purpose in creation, and the redemptive drama that ensued, was and is and will always be good! In the Song of Creation, the Cross of Christ loomed large. Yes, there would be suffering, but none more so than for God Himself. God declared at creation, “It is good.” Consummated on Golgotha by the Cross, He then declared, “It is finished!” But it was never a ‘good’ designed for God; there is no good to be added, or deficit to be addressed, in His being. It was and remains good for us. Why? Because God so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. Good? Good indeed!