Around Good Friday, it is frequently asked why it's called Good Friday. What's good about an innocent man being violently crucified?
That was exactly the question of several bloggers:
"Bayonne Mike" ponders:
This was one of the all-time mysteries of my Catholic childhood. It wasn't good for Jesus and it sure as hell wasn't good for us suffering through the longest, most boring mass of the year.
"Cruel Shoes" writes:
Once more, it's Good Friday. I've said it before, but I really don't understand what's so Good-with-a-capital-G about it. It wasn't such a good day for Christ. It was probably the worst day of his life. I'd switch it; I'd go with Good Sunday instead of "Easter."
Though not directed as responses to those specific posts, plenty of bloggers did weigh with very well thought out answers as to what makes Good Friday good:
Dale Callahan at Mind/Mined Nuggets offers the hope of Good Friday:
For Good Friday to be truly "good", you must look back at it...with the eyes of faith.
You must look at the cross from within the empty tomb...believing Jesus at His word.
On Friday all looked hopeless and lost. The darkness that had overcome the land also filled the disciples hearts...all of their hopes and dreams had be shattered...it looked like the darkness had overcome the light...
...but it was only Friday...Sunday was a coming!!!
Dee of Divine's Diary shares her experience of finding Good Friday's goodness:
You see, although I thought He, Jesus, was doing a great thing, my anti-violence mindset figured that He, God, could have done it in a less gruesome manner.
It wasn't until I too became an adult and re-read the story of the crucifixion that it became apparent... that it really was a Good thing!
It became apparent that the whole crucifixion and resurrection story is the basis for my faith. For without the cross and the resurrection, there is no hope for you or me. The Bible clearly states that the wages/payment/result/reward (pick your choice) for sin is death. If you examine yourself for five minutes... in those three hundred seconds you would have had cause for death about 200 times ... or maybe that's just me?
And Nan of Life is Like a Lunchbox examines Good Friday from a position of joy:
Why is it called "good" when it seems like such a depressing day? I really hate it that Good Friday has somehow become such a solemn and somber affair. Was it sad that Christ died for our sins? Why can we not go into a Good Friday service with shouts of glory and triumphant joy? We can!
If you go to your Good Friday service today, do so with joy and with great rejoicing! Reflecting upon Christ's death today does not mean you must do so with a grave look upon your face, for indeed Christ points to that day as the one that sealed you unto God in Him! Does He remember it with great sorrow and woe? It is the day He achieved for us, his children, our salvation! No hymns set to the mournful sounds of funeral dirges will do for this day. Rejoice in the death of Christ! Even as it pleased His Father in heaven that one final sacrifice had been made, so should it be our delight and joy!
Sing with joy today. This is not a mournful day solely about suffering. Christ's death was the beginning of our true life.
Continue to the third post in this series, which explores Good Friday intersecting Web 2.0 on YouTube.