My Sunday School class and I have been discussing the Easter season and how Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday and then we celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday. The children were very interested in talking about these days and what happened and through the course of our discussions they asked me a very good question to which I did not have the answer, "Why do we call it Good Friday when it's the day Jesus died?" I believe in honesty and honestly I did not know that answer at the time so my response was that I didn't know but I believed it was a very sad day because Jesus died and died so painfully.
I happened to get an answer to this question which makes sense: Jesus' suffering and dying for all of mankind imparted the greatest gift of love and the opportunity for repentance and salvation. It is a reminder that to find happiness we must first go through sorrow. That goodness can emerge from suffering and even death. I can see that and I believe to an extent, I have lived it. I have suffered through the death of two sons, neither by choice, but both loved greatly. I have watched them die and seen what happens in the after. There is great opportunity to for good to emerge from such dark times. Unlike God, I do not get to resurrect my beloved children and have them live at my side for eternity, my three days last an earthly lifetime but I live it knowing that one day when this life ends another will begin for me and my precious boys.