This was a question that I was asked by my then six year old daughter. Why is it called GOOD Friday? I mean, Jesus, the one that we love, the one that we adore, was crucified on this day. What’s so good about that? This is a question that many adults forget to think about. This question presented an incredible opportunity for us to talk about why it was so GOOD that Jesus died on the cross. My initial answer was, “It’s so GOOD because Jesus died for our sins…your sins, my sins, the sins of the whole world.” She innocently and oh so wisely, asked again, “But why is that good?” The reason that is so GOOD is because this is what allows us to have a relationship with God. A simple explanation (I like to look at John 3:16 and Romans 5:8) is that our sin is like a giant electric fence in between us and God, keeping us from being really close. When Jesus died on the cross he wiped our sins away and that giant fence was demolished so that there is nothing in between us and God. And that is why it is GOOD Friday!! Looking at it this way, maybe we should call it GREAT Friday, or AMAZING Friday, or ABSOLUTELY, AWE INSPIRING, MIRACULOUS Friday!! Check out Hebrews 10:19-22, “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Read these verses with your kids. Depending on their ages you will focus on different parts…but the overwhelming truth and bottom line is “let us draw near to God.” Good Friday is so GOOD because Jesus’ sacrifice allows us to draw near to God.
The small step on the Family Discipleship Path that I would like to encourage you to take this week is to celebrate Good Friday with your family. You can attend a service at a church or have your own celebration with your family or a group of friends. Spend a couple of minutes reading scriptures regarding the death of Christ before you celebrate. Encourage your kids to ask some questions after the service or gathering. I give my kids a paper and pen and have them write down questions during the Good Friday service so that we can talk about it afterward. This helps them stay focused and quiet and remember their questions at a time when we can talk about it.
Most Good Friday services include a communion table. What a great opportunity to draw near to Jesus as a family. A simple explanation for communion is that it is a way for us to remember what Jesus did for us when he died on the cross. Give a brief explanation before hand, then participate together, and then offer an opportunity to share their experiences or ask questions afterward. Here’s a post with a bit more of an explanation of communion http://familydiscipleshippath.com/2013/03/28/communion-with-your-family/