Jesus died a pretty gruesome death, meant to be shameful and tortuous. He was mocked, spit on, beaten to a bloody pulp, nailed to a cross, suffocated, and many other terrible things. And he was 100% innocent.
Why is Good Friday good?
Because we are 100% guilty.
In Romans it says that we have all fallen short of God’s standard, which is perfection. I don’t think that is a stretch- most of us would say we’re all pretty screwed up.
But when we choose other than God, we are choosing to separate ourselves from the source of life. In Romans it also says that the wages of sin is death. The consequence, the natural outcome, of choosing death is death.
And so we all have a death penalty. We are all sitting on death row.
Imagine: You are on death row, and a fellow death row inmate decides he wants to trade you places. You have about 2 weeks left, and he has about a month. What would you gain? About 2 weeks of more captivity.
But what if someone who is incredibly rich, free, and not on death row decided to trade you places. Would you take it? What would you receive? Life. Freedom.
Jesus offers us this and soooo much more for us at the cross. He offers to trade us places, to take our death penalty for us. He offers us life with the source of life, relationship with Himself! (We can actually now Know God Personally!) He is freeing us from the power of sin and death in our lives, and has an incredible inheritance waiting for us in heaven.
THAT is why Good Friday is good. Because He who was innocent offers to take our guilt, shame, and death upon himself, and give us a clean slate.