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Is good Friday really “good”? It may seem odd that people celebrate the day Jesus’ was crucified as “good.” Obviously, the suffering Jesus went through on Good Friday was not good. He was whipped, beaten, mocked, and killed in a very violent way. How can that be good?

The results of Jesus’ death are very good! This is explained in Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Then in 1 Peter 3:18, it is reiterated again: “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

“But he was wounded for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned–every one–to his own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.”

–Isaiah 53:5-6 (ESV).
 

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Why do Christians celebrate Easter? Many people think it’s all about baskets of candy, fancy hats, bunnies, and eggs. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about who we celebrate on Easter (Jesus) and why we celebrate Him (He died and was raised from the dead).

  • Because Easter represents the moment God’s only Son, Jesus, took on your death sentence, served the term, and called it finished! John 17:4, John 19:30

  • Jesus took on the darkest evils of the world through the worst death, just in case you’d decide to believe in Him 2,000 years later. 1 Peter 2:24

  • Because I thought I was smart enough, good enough, caring enough, and strong enough to be a father, son, husband, employee, brother, and caretaker of our planet—but I (and you) constantly fall short. Romans 3:23

  • Because the sting of our failure to perfectly follow God’s laws was swallowed up by the victory of Christ’s empty tomb. Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:54-56

  • Because our God carried out His plan to give up what He deserved to give us back what we never earned—and deserved to lose. John 3:16

  • Because without Easter our savior is dead in a grave, but with Him, our human failings are dead in His grave. 1 Corinthians 15:17

  • Because Jesus Himself said it was the day He’d be glorified. John 12:23-25

  • Because when we find our lives at a dark, dead end, Jesus has already been there, and He’s gone ahead of us to make another way. Mark 16:6

  • Because we killed our God's Son who came to Earth as a perfect man three days before His perfect Father, our creator, raised Him back to life. Luke 24:7

  • Because the same power (the Holy Spirit) that quaked the earth, that stole death from hell and made it life, that rolled away the stone, that pushed back darkness, is alive to do God’s work in our hearts today. Acts 4:33

  • Because we need to remember that nothing amazing happens without sacrifice. Romans 5:8

  • Because this one day sums up the reason God's Son left heaven to enter His immeasurable creation as a tiny, crying human. Romans 14:9

  • Because Jesus is the hope of the world, but He’s also the hope of my world. Matthew 12:20-21

  • Because we killed the author of life, but God used Jesus’ death to give our story a happy ending. Acts 3:15

  • Why do Christians celebrate Easter? Because Jesus. 1 John 4:19