Why is Good Friday Good?

It was Easter week and I was fishing off the pier with our eight-year-old grandson. We untangled the lines, baited the hooks, then sat on the bench to wait for a catch.  I’m thinking to myself,  “This is going to be a long morning.”

Then…  “Isn’t this fun Grandma?  I mean, even if we don’t catch anything, it’s just fun, isn’t it!”

“It sure is,  Ethan!  But the best part is being with you!  Tell me something. Do you know what day tomorrow is?”

“It’s Good Friday, Grandma.  It’s the day we remember that Jesus died on the cross.”

“That’s right!  But if it’s the day Jesus died, then why is it called GOOD?”

“It’s good Grandma, because Jesus died for our sins so that someday we can go to heaven.  If He had never died for us, then we would still be in our sins—and we’d go to hell!”

“You’re right, Ethan!  I’m glad you know this.  God has given you parents who love you enough to teach you the most important story in the history of the world.”

Just then I noticed a seagull walking toward our small bait bucket.

“Ethan!  Quick!  Put the lid on the bucket!  That seagull is after our bait!”

Ethan scrambled to secure the lid.  Whew!  That was close.

Then… “Grandma!  The seagull is still walking toward the bait bucket.”

“It’s okay, Ethan.  The lid is tight.”


We watched in shocking disbelief as the seagull flew high in the sky carrying off our bucket of bait—in his beak!

  • Teach [God’s Words] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.             Deuteronomy 11:18-19
  • God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.    2 Corinthians 5:21
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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12 Responses to Why is Good Friday Good?

  1. Doug says:

    Good Friday: Good for us of course. Costly for Him. Painful for the Father.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Yes Doug. So great is God’s love!

  3. Kathy says:

    Loved your story Kathleen! What a sweet young man you have as a grandson and wonderful parents who love him enough to tell him the truth about Jesus! I’m still in shock about the seagull taking your bucket!! LOL!!

  4. Liana says:

    How precious is your grandson and what a witness to his parent’s teaching of the truth, the Truth. Out of the mouths of babes. Thank you Jesus, forevermore, for Your shed blood, surrendered in agony upon that tree, that all who come unto Thee with humility, repentance and a Holy Spirit prepared heart may live forever and not perish. O Lord open the ears and eyes of our unsaved children that Your beautiful story of salvation floods their soul, their very being … (ps never trust a seagull :-)) … thank you dear Kathleen xxx

  5. Kathleen says:

    Thank you Liana, and Amen to your prayer!

  6. Roy says:

    The story is great and the humor is good!

  7. Kathleen says:

    Thank you. I’m glad you liked it Roy!

  8. Mark says:

    Amen! Ethan has been blessed with a wonderful Grandmother too! 🙂

  9. Kathleen says:

    Thank you Mark. God is good!

  10. fking1371 says:

    Great time of fellowship with your grandson. At eight years old, he was learned the priceless truth about what’s so good about Good Friday.

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