“Honey, did you have a good day today?” If we use the word ‘good’ to mean ‘pleasant’ or ‘to our liking’ there was nothing good about Friday for Jesus.
After being awake all night long in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed (Matthew 26:48), seized (26:50), and abandoned (26:56). The plots of the Jews, the willingness of Judas, and the cowardice of the disciples intersected that morning.
Then he was falsely accused (26:60) and judged (26:66). The one who will judge the living and the dead allowed himself to be subject to the judgments of man. Even by his most fervent disciple, he was ultimately denied (26:70). Not once, not twice, but three times.
Jesus was bound (27:2), then scourged (27:26). This short word cannot adequately express the horrors of this punishment for any human being, let alone the King of Kings. Afterwards he was stripped (27:28), mocked (27:29), spit upon (27:30), and struck (27:30). Then just as he had said (20:19), they crucified him (27:35). If this were not enough, his torture was compounded by being derided by his opponents (27:39) and reviled by those in the same lot as him (27:44).
Both Matthew and Mark detail these events and then the climax of his suffering. Jesus cried out from the cross, “‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (27:46). Every part of his suffering to this point happened at the hands of man. But on the cross, Jesus suffered being forsaken by God his Father. He cried out and there was no answer. His suffering was compounded through the silence of God. Through out Scripture Jesus prays to God as, ‘Father’ but here he address him simply as ‘my God.’
From Jesus’ standpoint, there was nothing good about Good Friday, except the joy and the glory that lay beyond it. Hebrews 12:2 tells us, “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” He endured it all, even being forsaken by his Father, so that we could be saved and ushered into a right relationship with God. On the Friday Jesus was crucified more good came out of that one act than any other in history.