Seems odd that we would call the day that Jesus was tortured and executed “good.” Watching events unfold as depicted by “The Passion of the Christ” was anything but “good;” it was difficult to watch! How is it that Christians have come to refer to this day as “Good Friday”?
Part of it has to do with the meaning of the word “good.” In its origins, the word “good” could simply mean pious or holy as in “a day or season observed as holy by the church.” So in that sense today is indeed a “holy” or “good” day.
[The German for Good Friday — Karfreitag — seems to make more sense to me. Kar from the Old German kara meaning “mourn” makes this “Mourning Friday,” appropriate for a day we commemorate Jesus’ death.” (See the Wiki article “Good Friday” for more on the above.)]
However, on a deeper level, the “good” in “Good Friday” is more closely related to what God accomplished through Jesus’ death — our atonement: how God addresses our sin and reconciles us to himself through the cross. God’s sovereign plan from the beginning is that we should be made right with God, and Jesus’ death is an integral part* of that plan.
Throughout Christian history theologians have disagreed and debated the details of Christ’s death on the cross — its specific design, intent, and how it accomplishes what it does. Some see in the crucifixion the satisfaction of divine justice made by the sufferings and death of Christ; others focus on the “in our place” aspects of Jesus’ death. Still others emphasize the redemptive elements of God’s election to save us.
Indeed, these are important topics of discussion; however, such conversations should not obscure the essential goodness of a common assertion of them all — God has taken the initiative to take care of our fundamental flaw (i.e. sin) by making us right with himself through Jesus Christ. Good Friday is about God’s good work of atonement. Through Jesus Christ and his death on the cross God offers us the free gift of salvation. And that is good!
May we all love and praise the sovereign God of heaven and earth for the salvation accomplished in the atonement of Jesus Christ the Lord.
*Though a focused look at each aspect of the Christ-event is rewarding, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are to be taken as an integrated, interdependent whole.
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Our “Love Membership Class” a basic introduction to our church family. Since we have many members from different backgrounds, this class is designed to explain who we are, why we exist, and what we do. Love Membership is divided into four one-hour sections and is taught by our pastor, Scott Corwin.
There is no cost for the class or for the simple meal we share together at noon. Child care is provided free of charge as well. All we ask is that you register in advance so that we can prepare properly for your participation.
See below the dates for our “Love Membership Class” and email us — admin(at)ibcberlin.org — or call our church office — 030 7621 8155 — to sign up.
Love Membership (2016); Saturday, 27. September, 10:00-15:00 h
Join our pastors (Scott and Jürgen) and members of our Welcome Team for a “Newcomers Brunch” where we will share a simple, informal coffee and “brötchen” together. There’s no cost, and your children are welcome, too.
We’ll take some time to get to know each other, share our stories, and enjoy some time together. We will answer any questions you may have about IBCB, and we’ll share with you how to take the next step on your journey of connecting with IBCB.
To register, sign up at our Connect Point on Sundays, email us — admin(at)ibcberlin.org, call our church office — 030 7621 8155, scan this QR code, or click here.
Newcomer Brunch (2016)
Saturday 21. May, 10:00-12:00 h
Saturday 16. July, 10:00-12:00 h
Saturday 17. September, 10:00-12:00 h
Saturday 19. November, 10:00-12:00 h