April 7 – Good Friday 2023 (Regular Holiday)
Christian believers observe Good Friday as a day of remembrance for Jesus’ crucifixion and death at Calvary. Around the world, Good Friday is a widely recognized legal holiday. Church services, penance, mourning, and fasting are observed on Good Friday by followers of many Christian denominations.
On Good Friday, wrath and mercy came face to face on the cross. Because of this, Good Friday is both dark and good. Good Friday is a significant day for Christians because it commemorates what we consider to be the most significant weekend in human history. Christians have declared that Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection marked the crucial turning point in the history of the universe ever since.
Why Is it called ‘Good’ Friday?
To understand the bad news of our status as sinful individuals under condemnation, we must first comprehend the good news of the gospel. Once we realize how captive we are, the good news of deliverance becomes clear. It is crucial to comprehend and recognize the differences between law and gospel in Scripture, to put it another way. Prior to the gospel of Jesus’ grace bringing us comfort and redemption, we require the law to reveal how hopeless our situation is.
Similar to this, Good Friday is “good” because, despite how horrible that day was, it was necessary for us to experience Easter’s pleasure. For forgiveness and redemption to be offered to the world, God’s anger against sin had to be poured out on Jesus, the ideal animal sacrifice. God could not be “just and the justifier” of people who put their trust in Jesus without that terrible day of anguish, sorrow, and bloodshed at the cross (Romans 3:26). Ironically, God’s beautifully good plan to free the world from slavery was put to death on the day that appeared to be the biggest victory for evil.