“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.”

Luke 23:46

Nowhere in Scripture do we find the words “Good Friday.” Some sources indicate that our Good Friday phrasing may have evolved from the original wording of “God’s Friday.” At any rate, the event that occurred that day did not seem good to those who loved and believed in Jesus Christ. His disciples and the women who had followed Him and cared for His needs must have felt hopeless seeing Him breathe His last on that cruel cross.

Just over a year ago I received a call telling me that my sister had suffered a stroke and did not survive. We’d made plans that now never would come to be. My heart ached. As her younger sister, I had never known life without her. I despaired about how I would go on in her absence.

Jesus promised that whoever hears His Word and believes will have eternal life. As upside down as it seems, the dead will pass from death to life. Even in our sorrow—and all because of His sorrow on the cross—hope springs forth. He gives us comfort and grace to embrace life as a gift from Him.


Scripture Focus

Luke 23:44-49


Through all the agony, it was indeed a good Friday because “death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

Bible In A Year

  • Joshua 7-8
  • Psalm 100
  • Acts 24-25