“Good Friday”

There is some discussion about the origin of the term, “Good Friday,” which we won’t get into, because it’s irrelevant.  The Lord Jesus wasn’t crucified on Friday.

He said so Himself:

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,” Matthew 12:40 NKJV.  See also Jonah 1:17.

“Three days and three nights.”

It might be possible to wangle “three days” from Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, when the Lord appeared to Mary Magdalene, Mark 16:9; John 20:11-18, but there are only Friday night and Saturday night in that scenario.

Two  nights.

I choose to believe that the scenario is wrong, rather than our Lord.

Our Lord wasn’t crucified on Friday.

He was already dead by Friday and His body was lying all wrapped up in grave clothes in Joseph’s tomb.

Does it really matter?

Yes, it does.

Either the Scripture is right, or it is not.

We can choose to defend our “tradition,” or we can seek to be true to the Scriptures.

Besides, it isn’t the day itself that’s important; it’s the death that occurred on that day.

As Israel celebrated Passover on that day in remembrance of their deliverance from Egyptian slavery, little did they know that the One who would fulfill the promise and prophecy of that day was at that very moment appearing in the presence of the Father, in type if not in reality, bringing His blood to apply to the altar in heaven.  His body may have lain in the tomb, but He was in heaven.  I’m not sure of this exactly, but Hebrews tells us that the Tabernacle in particular was a portrayal of better things in heaven.  As the OT priest applied the sacrificial blood to the horns of the altar, so I think that the Lord Jesus might have done something very similar in heaven.  As I said, I don’t know for certain; I’m just thankful that saving blood has been shed and my sins, which are many, have been forgiven, as have the sins of all who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.  Every day is a “good” day because of that, not just one Friday a year.  If I could only remember that more often.

What about you?  Do you celebrate the real reason for the day, or have you been carried along by tradition to rejoice over bunnies and eggs and new clothes and hot cross buns, things which have absolutely nothing to do with the day and certainly nothing to do with the forgiveness of sins.

Oh, listen, without that day, every other day would be a useless waste of time.  And without that day, there would be no heaven, at least for us, no “better place,” just a certain fearful expectation of judgment, as Hebrews 10:27 tells us in another connection.

He died, that we might live.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, Acts 16:31.