"And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left." (Luke 23:33)
Today is Good Friday. How did it come by the name, "Good Friday"?
The meaning of words change with time. Even in my lifetime, word meanings have changed. When I was a child, if you were gay, you were happy. But, now, that word sends a very different message.
When the young Church referred to the day of Jesus' death as "Good Friday", the word 'good' meant 'holy". So, today is actually "Holy Friday".
Indeed, it is a holy day. In the days of yester-years, it was a day of fasting and commemoration. Sadly, it has become just another day with many people. Many will not even think about what Jesus did for the world the Friday before the first Easter.
Our Savior was crucified. You and I have no idea how horrible crucifixion is. It is the cruelest way to execute someone. It is an ancient form of execution, but the Romans had perfected it.
Jesus was crucified at "Calvary", which means "skull". It was a place of death, and sorrow. Also referred to as "Golgotha", it was located outside the gates of Jerusalem, beside the road leading into the city. He was nailed to the cross, and then left to die.
Luke records Jesus first words from the cross. "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." (Luke 23:34)
Jesus always thinks of others! He loves like no other! He was "good"!
Remember this always, 'It was not the nails, nor was it the soldiers, that held Jesus to His cross. It was His love for you and I.'
There He died, between two thieves, on Good Friday.
But, it was not the end!
From my heart to your heart.