“…there they crucified him…”
Have you sometimes wondered where the term “Good Friday” came from? As we look at the event that is remembered by this term we might think that the day has been misnamed. Perhaps it should be called “Black Friday” or something else that is very negative.
The event we remember on this day called “Good Friday” utterly crushed the expectations of Jesus’ followers. The day caused their hopes to all lie in ruins. The future they saw with Jesus had been filled with thoughts of getting rid of the Roman occupational forces, the establishment of an independent Jewish nation once more, and exalted places for them in the kingdom Jesus would establish.
They were with Jesus in the boat in the midst of a life threatening storm when the Master spoke and the wind and waves were stilled. How astonished they were when one day He stopped a funeral procession, touched the dead body and the man was given life. Even the Lord’s most passionate enemies acknowledged that Jesus raised the dead (John 11:45-50).