If you noticed, I did not title today’s blog in the usual fashion. I purposely left the word “Feel” out of the “Feel Good Friday” message. I did this because I’m surmising on this day approximately 2,000 years ago, not many people could “feel” anything. Systemic shock was more than likely the reaction that day, at least among those who had placed all their hope in Jesus to be the King of their nation. Then when the Roman government put Him to death, no doubt their hopes for being led by the Savior prophesied in Genesis, Isaiah, Zechariah, and Psalms died with Him on the cross.
So if the One whom others had placed all their hope was crucified on this day, why call it “Good Friday”? Because the story does not end there, we find out three days later this was only the beginning. We discover over 500 eyewitnesses saw Jesus return to life after dozens had witnessed his death:
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time…” (I Corinthians 15:3-7)
Curious what the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life was like on earth? I recommend you watch the 2004 release of “The Passion of the Christ” starring Jim Caviezel. Be forewarned, this is not a “popcorn” eating type of movie…but when you realize He endured the last 12 hours of His life because He loves you…it will explain why this day is considered to be “Good Friday”.
Happy Easter…He has risen