I imagine the day to be anything but good. The one who many believed to be the son of God, their master, teacher, the one who healed the sick and raised the dead was to be crucified on the cross. The outlook and end of that day could not have presented anything close to ‘good’. From all accounts, it was a sad day, dark and bleak day.
So why do we call it ‘Good’? Whey do we call this day Good Friday and not ‘sad’ Friday, or ‘distressing’ Friday or ‘bleak’ Friday?
In order to see the good of something, we must first understand the not so good of it. Thus, for us to fully understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and its meaning to and for us, we must first understand how lost we were, how enslaved to sin we were and how we were without hope.
The goodness comes from understanding what God did to change our stance and separation from Him. The Friday is ‘good’ becauwe of the outcome of the sad events of the day; the expression of God’s love through Jesus, our reconciliation to Him, the joy of salvation through Jesus and the gift of eternal life.