Good Friday. It is the day when Christians commemorate crucifixion followed by the death of Jesus. To be more precise, the incident occurred on April 3, AD 33. During the crucifixion of Christ, Christians mourned like never before. Today, Christians often observe fast and organise processions. But what makes us wonder every time we hear ‘Good Friday’ is if the day marks suffering for Jesus then why is it called ‘Good’? There are several theories associated with the name.
Good means ‘holy’
The first theory states that Christians feel that there is something good about it. Because on this day, Jesus suffered and died for his sins but resurrected, resulting in his victory over death. According to the Huffington Post, “That terrible Friday has been called Good Friday because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death and sin and the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations”.
Good means ‘God’
‘Good’ in Good Friday is derived from the word ‘God’. It is believed that ‘God’ has been interchanged with ‘Good’ in several ancient texts. One of the examples of the change is ‘Good Bye’. The original phrase used to bidding someone adieu was ‘God be with you’. Taking into consideration this theory, the term ‘God Friday’ was replaced with ‘Good Friday’.
Not that bad
Some Christians believe that through Jesus Christ was crucified and sacrificed for the sins of mankind, in reality, no one got freedom from the cursed existence. Hence the day cannot be termed bad.
Why only Friday
Okay, with all the theories on being the day good or not, have you ever wondered why it is only Friday? It is difficult to get to know about the calendar followed that time. The only reason for considering the day is Easter is celebrated on Sunday and Christ stayed in the grave for three days. Hence, Good Friday always falls on ‘Friday’.