I've always thought that "Good" Friday doesn't tell the whole story! Of course it is "Good" - brilliant in fact, because Jesus dying on the cross is God's perfect provision for you and for me, so that we can be put right with him forever. How Good is that?! But on the way, Jesus has to die. And for that to happen, Judas has to betray him, Peter has to deny him, the crowds have to reject him, and the rulers have to persecute him. If we had been there, and been Jesus' followers, "Good" would have been the last thought on our minds. Bad! Mad! Sad!
... so that's where this song comes from. The chorus is all about that - what a dreadful day, but what a brilliant day in the end. The verses go through the four great signs in Mark's account (Mark 15:33-39) - the darkness, Jesus' cry of desolation, the torn curtain of the temple, and the centurion's testimony.
Here are the lyrics, reproduced by kind permission, and copyright © Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes:
It was a BAD Friday,
a MAD Friday,
a SAD Friday,
but I'm GLAD today, 'cause
GOOD Friday means I'm all right,
it's GOOD Friday 'cause Jesus died..
(2nd time:) ...for me
1. The sky went dark from midday
Jesus cried out - he had become
sin for you and me.
2. The curtain in the temple
tore in two.
No more "no entry!" - it's open:
Jesus waves us through.
3. "Surely this man was
the Son of God"
So why's he dead?
That Roman must have
thought it very odd!
by David Heath-Whyte
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