Kimberly N. Alleyne
The Harvest Magazine, Publisher and Editor
Scripture references: Acts 12:4, Psalm 103:12, Hebrew 12:2, Matthew 27:33, Mark 15:22, John 17:4, John 19:17, John 19:30
You won’t find the phrase “Good Friday” in the Holy Bible. Despite all of the commercial fanfare made over the Easter holiday (Easter bunnies, jelly beans, baskets, and dyed eggs), you will find the word “Easter” just once (Acts 12:4 KJV). So what is so good about “Good Friday”? A non-Believer might equate the Friday before Resurrection Sunday to a day off work or shopping deals, and that’s okay; but for the Christian Believer, there is much more to it.
The word Easter originates from the Anglo-Saxon Eostre, or Ostara, which is the name of the German fertility goddess. Some writings identify her as the goddess of spring. Rabbits symbolize fertility and eggs are actually pagan symbols of life and death. In the New Testament of the Holy Bible, “Easter” is used instead of “Pesach,” which is “Passover.” Additionally, according to historians Passover was traditionally celebrated on Thursday, not Sunday.
Acts 12: 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (KJV)
Where shall I start on the goodness of Good Friday? Well, primarily, I am a new creature; I have life because Jesus the Christ chose to lay down His life for me. His death is why the veil in the Holy of Holies was torn asunder so that I don’t have to go through another person to get to God. Jesus is our intercessor. No one has to atone for my sins once a year. I can go there, to the Inner Court, myself. I have direct access.
Every element of Christianity points back to the Cross, to Golgotha — the place of skulls — to Calvary. That’s why the enemy rages against the Kingdom; we, Believers, have victory because of the Cross. Just as we carry hopeful expectations of seeing the Lord in a face-to-face encounter, we carry victory. Victory over the enemy has been assured to us. We win! Our eternal life is assured because of the Cross. I can go to the King because of the Cross.
I am winning now, today. The love of my Lord makes me a winner. Right now. Sure, I long for His return, but He is with me, with us, even now.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. (Hebrews 10:19–22)
Good Friday is a preparation for the celebration of Golgotha where the events freed the walking dead of humanity. It is a day to reflect on Jesus’s last hours, the betrayal, His passion and His rising.
It really is a good day, but it would not matter if His Resurrection had occurred on a Wednesday or Thursday. The day does not matter. What does matter is the immeasurable goodness of the Lord, who was merciful enough to save us and redeem us when we were too fallen to realize that we needed saving. The power of the Christ’s blood to save, set free, heal, clean, forgive and love us purely and unconditionally when goodness eludes us is overwhelming, humbling and comforting all at once.
If we can get past the commercial, pagan attributes that have clouded the true meaning of Easter and the prelude to it in Good Friday, if we can stop obsessing about we are going to wear to church on Easter Sunday (or any Sunday), then we can devote our attention to the journey of our Savior, meet heart-to-heart with the King, and rejoice. He lied down and then He got up — for you, for me, for every person on Earth.