They twisted together a crown of thorns and placed it on his head. He was beaten, spit on, mocked and tortured. Our bruised and battered Savior carried His cross alone to Golgotha’s hill and was nailed to a tree.

Jesus suffered in agony and “became a curse,” as Galatians 3:13 says, to take away the curse and reproach of sin from mankind. So, why then, do we commemorate a time of intense suffering and death with the word “Good”?

Language experts say the name comes from an antiquated meaning of good, more closely translated holy.

This is a holy day, hallowed and set apart to meditate on all Jesus went through to procure eternal life for mankind—God’s prized possession and sinful creation.

So it does not make us Christians feel good in the literal sense to imagine our perfect, sinless, loving Lord humiliated and hurt. This day makes us deeply reflective. We focus on the graciousness of God who loved us enough to send His only begotten son to die as John 3:16 reminds us.

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