For years I have wondered why today is called “Good Friday”. In all I have learned about the Easter holiday, I have never thought of the day that Christ died as “good”. It brings feeling of sadness, the thought that he hung there and wondered why the world had turned against him. Today is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The name may seem counterintuitive to many Christians and nonbelievers, since the day is typically viewed as a solemn one.
Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?
My research led me to several theories on the subject. The first of these theories is that Good Friday is called Good Friday because, Christians believe, there is something very good about it: It is the anniversary, they say, of Jesus suffering and dying for their sins. “That terrible Friday has been called Good Friday because it led to the resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death and sin.” the Huffington Post suggests. Perhaps this logic has helped the name stick—it is certainly how many Christians today understand the name—but it is not where the name originally comes from.
The second theory is that the Good in Good Friday derives from God or “God’s Friday.” I don’t quite understand how the change may have happened where someone just accidently added an extra “o” and it stuck? In German the day is actually called Karfreitag (“Sorrowful Friday”), which makes much more sense to me.
The best answer I could find, is probably because good used to mean holy. Today is a holy day. Today we take time to remember the unimaginable sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for each and every one of us. Today is the day that our sins died on a cross, all because God loves us and wants to save us.