Good Friday is the day that followers of Jesus remember his death on the cross. The day he died was a dark day for the disciples. Even though Jesus had told them it would happen, they must have felt like everything was over. Their dear teacher and friend was gone--and the way he died was the most excruciating and awful kind of death--Roman crucifixion. Were their hopes of being saved by the Messiah in vain? They all scattered and hid. Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus and told the soldiers who to arrest, was overcome with grief for his actions and ended his life. Peter, one of the disciples, denied that he even knew Jesus. This was not a good day.
But after the Sabbath was over and the women went to the tomb where he was laid in order to add their spices and ointments to Jesus' body, there was an earthquake, the stone in front of the tomb was rolled away, and an angel told them Jesus was not there--he had risen, just as he said. And sure enough, he appeared to Mary, and then the rest of the disciples and many others afterwards - fully alive! His death was not the end--only the beginning.
Jesus, the perfect Son of God, had paid the price for our sins. He was "pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities" (Isaiah 53). The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but God's gift to us that day was eternal life through Jesus. That's what made Good Friday good. God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus) that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). His punishment brought us peace (Isaiah 53). By his wounds we are healed. This is the good news we need to tell the world about!