The name “Good Friday” seems odd to some, but not when we remember that the words “God” and “good” are related to one another in all the Germanic languages (of which English is one): God is good. God is the source of all goodness. God defines and is himself the very definition of goodness. Thus, “goodbye” is short for “God be with ye,” and “Good Friday” is actually “God’s Friday.”
God’s Friday is where law and grace meet. Where God’s justice and human frailty meet. As one of the prayers for this day says:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
God’s Friday is what stands between God’s judgment and our souls. Specifically, the Cross is what stands between God’s perfect righteousness and our sin.
Perhaps you have just returned from Good Friday worship. Perhaps you will go to worship later. Wherever you are today, take time to think about God’s Friday, the day that stands between God’s judgment and your soul.