Jesus is good in His Person. At His baptism, the Heavenly Father said: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt.3:17). At the Transfiguration of Jesus, when His glory was manifested to a few disciples, God again said: “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matt.17:5). Jesus alone was good enough to fully please God.
Furthermore, Jesus is the centerpiece of Good Friday as well as the cornerstone of the Christian faith.. According to John 10:11, He is the Good Shepherd who gives his life for the sheep. In v.15, Jesus explicitly declared: “I lay down my life for the sheep.” Christianity is not about wonderful sheep, but about the Good Shepherd who gave His life for the sheep. Hebrews 13:20 depicts Him as being the Great Shepherd of the sheep. The Great Shepherd is what is good about Good Friday.
Therefore, Good Friday is good for people of faith in Jesus Christ. What Jesus accomplished on the Cross is good for us. Jesus is the good Savior of those who have true faith in Him.
Centuries before Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, Isaiah predicted His suffering for the people of God: “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Is.53:5-6).
On what we term ‘Good Friday’, the good Messiah was crucified, so that full pardon could be given to sinners who believe.
An ancient hymn captures something of the wonder of it all:
“What Thou, my Lord, has suffered Was all for sinners’ gain:
Mine, mine was the transgression, But Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ‘Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with favor, Vouch-safe to me Thy grace.
What language shall I borrow To thank Thee, dearest friend.
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever; And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never Outlive my love to Thee.”