Why Good Friday Matters

John 19:28-30

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished”, and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Sometimes, in the rush of our lives, we can forget the profound significance of certain dates. Good Friday is one of those dates. It’s easy to overlook why this day holds such immense importance for our faith. Good Friday isn’t just another day on the calendar—it’s the day when it was finished. It’s the day when our Savior, Jesus Christ, willingly went to the cross out of His immense love for us. He didn’t have to endure such suffering, but He did. And when we gather together on Good Friday, we’re not simply marking a date—we’re remembering the ultimate act of love, the moment when sin was conquered and hope was born.

So, let’s come together on Good Friday not to mourn a sad story, but to celebrate a love that’s bigger and deeper than anything we can imagine. It’s a love that conquered death and gives us hope for tomorrow. Because as we know, Friday is good, but Sunday is coming.

As we reflect on Christ’s journey to the cross, we’re confronted with our own brokenness and the magnitude of His grace. We’re reminded that we are loved beyond measure, forgiven beyond deserving, and redeemed in His blood. In the midst of our busy lives, let’s not lose sight of the significance of Good Friday. Let’s take this opportunity to slow down, quiet our hearts, and turn our gaze towards the cross. It’s a time for deep reflection on the enormity of Christ’s sacrifice and the magnitude of His love for us.

“Then He breathed His last, and bowed His head; the Son of God and Man is dead. With bloody hands and tears on their faces, they laid Him down inside of that grave…. But that wasn’t The end.'”

Sunday is Coming by Phil Wickham