Good Friday Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old good friday quotes, good friday sayings, and good friday proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Exalt the Cross! God has hung the destiny of the race upon it. Other things we may do in the realm of ethics, and on the lines of philanthropic reforms; but our main duty converges into setting that one glorious beacon of salvation, Calvary's Cross, before the gaze of every immortal soul.     

Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

It is the resurrection that makes Good Friday good.     

Ravi Zacharias

He drained the cup of God's wrath bone dry, leaving not a drop for us to drink.     

Richard Allen Bodey

What is good about Good Friday? Why isn't it called Bad Friday? Because out of the appallingly bad came what was inexpressibly good. And the good trumps the bad, because though the bad was temporary, the good is eternal.     

Randy Alcorn

Practice mercy and forgiveness throughout as a lesson that symbolizes the love shown through his crucifixion.     

Unarine Ramaru

The Cross! There, and there only though the deist rave, and the atheist, if Earth bears so base a slave; There and there only, is the power to save.     

William Cowper

Good Friday is a day of sorrow mingled with joy. It is a time to grieve over the sin of man and to meditate and rejoice upon God's love in giving His only Son for the redemption of sin.     

David Katski

Good Friday is a day of hope. It is a day where we look forward to a brighter tomorrow. Many things have happened to change the course of our lives, but it has not shaken our faith.     

Rev Dr Peola Hicks

Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.     

Fulton J. Sheen

We do not attach any intrinsic value to the Cross; this would be sinful and idolatrous. Our veneration is referred to Him who died upon it.     

James Gibbons

Good Friday and Easter free us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the ultimate meaning of all life, suffering, and events; and we lay hold of a great hope.     

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cross was the manifestation of Divine love without reserve or limit; but it was also the expression of man's unutterable malignity.     

Sir Robert Anderson

Good Friday is the mirror held up by Jesus so that we can see ourselves in all our stark reality, and then it turns us to that cross and to his eyes and we hear these words, Father forgive them for they know not what they do. That's us!     

Robert G. Trache

God did not bear the cross only 1900 years ago, but he bears it today, and he dies and is resurrected from day to day. It would be poor comfort to the world if it had to depend upon a historical God who died 2000 years ago. Do not then preach the God of history, but show Him as He lives today through you.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Stoning prophets and erecting churches to their memory afterwards has been the way of the world through the ages. Today we worship Christ, but the Christ in the flesh we crucified.     

Mahatma Gandhi

At Sussen, the Devil carried off, last Good Friday, three grooms who had devoted themselves to him.     

Martin Luther

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.     

Martin Luther

It was inevitable that Jesus Christ should be crucified. It was also inevitable that He should rise again.     

H. R. L. Sheppard

The dripping blood our only drink,The bloody flesh our only food:In spite of which we like to thinkThat we are sound, substantial flesh and blood -Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good.     

T.S. Eliot

If Christ is God, He cannot sin, and if suffering was a sin in and by itself, He could not have suffered and died for us. However, since He took the most horrific death to redeem us, He showed us in fact that suffering and pain have great power.     

E.A. Bucchianeri

Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.     

Soren Kierkegaard

Good Friday marks the slaying of our Jesus. The unblemished lamb, the perfect sacrifice. He took our guilt and blame upon Himself so we could be with Him in paradise.     

Anonymous

The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding – in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The lesson of Good Friday is to never lose hope — or at least give it 48 hours.     

Robert Breault

Catholics often choose Good Friday-which is a day of fast-to strengthen their faith, to repent for their wrongdoings and to forgive those who have wronged them.     

Fr Alvito Fernandes

The concept of substitution lies at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man.     

John Stott

Good Friday is not about us trying to get right with God. It is about us entering the difference between God and humanity and just touching it for a moment. Touching the shimmering sadness of humanity's insistence that we can be our own gods, that we can be pure and all-powerful.     

Nadia Bolz-Weber

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.     

William Penn

In truth,there was only one christian and he died on the cross.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.     

Watchman Nee

Think of everything you've ever experienced that was painful; that's the meaning of Good Friday. Think of all the ways that love ultimately healed your heart; that's the meaning of Easter.     

Marianne Williamson

Good Friday is a Christian day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.     

Anonymous

The beauty of the cross and our crucified Lord cannot be easily fathomed by human mind or by barely reading scriptures in bits, but by careful reading of entire scripture in the spirit which will in turn engulf one with wisdom and love.     

Henrietta Newton Martin

To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.     

John Henry Newman

The cross was two pieces of dead wood; and a helpless, unresisting Man was nailed to it; yet it was mightier than the world, and triumphed, and will ever triumph over it.     

Augustus William Hare

Maybe the Good Friday story is about how God would rather die than be in our sin-accounting business anymore.     

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible, it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.     

W.H Auden

We may say that on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Saviour's crucifixion.     

Phillips Brooks

So shall we join the disciples of our Lord, keeping faith in Him in spite of the crucifixion, and making ready, by our loyalty to Him in the days of His darkness, for the time when we shall enter into His triumph in the days of His light.     

Phillips Brooks

Jesus sacrificed His life so that we may enter Heaven through Him. That is such a powerful sacrifice; He set aside His diety to be flesh on Earth, and without doing any wrong, He was killed and His blood was shed for us.     

Melanie Yardley

By the cross we, too, are crucified with Christ; but alive in Christ. We are no more rebels, but servants; no more servants, but sons!.     

Frederic William Farrar

It has been the cross which has revealed to good men that their goodness has not been good enough.     

Johann Hieronymus Schroder

Every day of the year is a good day to think more deeply about Good Friday, for Good Friday is the drama of the love by which our every day is sustained.     

Richard John Neuhaus

In this sublime hour, therefore, He calls all His children to the pulpit of the Cross, and every word He says to them is set down for the purpose of an eternal publication and an undying consolation.     

Fulton J. Sheen

Yes, Calvary's cross and the crucified Christ surely speak, 'God does care, God does want to share, God does want to bear your sins and your sorrows.     

Dr. Fred Barlow

2,000 years ago one man got nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be if everyone was nice to each other for a change.     

Douglas Adams

Good Friday. Way of the Cross. Fasting and abstinence. Examine conscience. Have a really blessed day.     

Nevez Rhanny

On this Good Friday may we never forget the true meaning of Easter - For when He was on the cross, I was on His mind.     

Anonymous

It is the crucifixion that distinguishes the new message from the mythologies of all other peoples.     

Martin Hengel

Death is the justification of all the ways of the Christian, the last end of all his sacrifices, the touch of the Great Master which completes the picture.     

Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime.     

Martin Luther

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ to me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.     

Mother Teresa

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.     

Mahatma Gandhi

On the eve of the cross, Jesus made his decision. He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you.     

Max Lucado

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.     

Blaise Pascal

The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.     

John Stott

Upon that cross of Jesus Mine eye at times can see The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me; And from my smitten heart with tears Two wonders I confess The wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.     

Elizabeth C. Clephane

Gethsemane is where He died; the cross is only the evidence.     

Leonard Ravenhill

If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood.     

Daniel Berrigan

The Passion of the Christ opened up on Ash Wednesday, had a Good Friday.     

Billy Crystal

There’s a crack or cracks in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.     

Elizabeth Gilbert

When Satan attacks you, command him in the Name of Jesus to bend his neck. On the back of it you'll find there's a nail scarred foot print.     

E. Stanley Jones

It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things; but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.     

C. S. Lewis

The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity.     

R. C. Sproul

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.'     

Billy Graham

Christ died He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better – His PEACE!     

Matthew Henry

Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.     

Soren Kierkegaard

All of heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, hell afraid of it, while men are the only ones to ignore its meaning.     

Oswald Chambers

The cross stands high above the opinions of men and to that cross all opinions must come at last for judgment.     

A.W. Tozer

The blood of Christ stands not simply for the sting of sin on God, but the scourge of God on sin, not simply for God’s sorrow over sin, but for God’s wrath on sin.     

P.T. Forsyth

The cross of Christ is the sweetest burden that I ever bore; it is such a burden as wings are to a bird, or sails to a ship, to carry me forward to my harbor.     

Samuel Rutherford

Faith is the acknowledgment of the entire absence of all goodness in us, and the recognition of the cross as the substitute for all the want on our part. The whole work is His, not ours, from first to last.     

Horatius Bonar

Love, not anger, brought Jesus to the cross. Golgotha came as a result of God’s great desire to forgive, not his reluctance.     

Richard J. Foster

But do we not, moreover, every Good Friday, in various places, see great numbers of men and women whip themselves till they lacerate and cut the flesh to the very bones.      

Matt Burriesci

There is no Easter without a Good Friday.     

Matthew Fox

To discuss one is to examine all, and we select for this purpose that day, on which, it is reputed, the founder of our holy religion was crucified, commonly called Good Friday.     

Robert Robinson

Good Friday is a rebel against the King of Kings, and always when loyal subjects approach him the traitor lurks behind, skulks among popes and priests, and hides his guilty heads in a cowl, muttering— the church hath power to decree rites and ceremonies.      

Robert Robinson

Their infants are questioned and sprinkled— their wives pay a shilling and are churched— they are generally funny at a wedding and feel no expense but the ring— they eat cross buns on Good Friday — they are merry at Easter— and mad at Christmas— they pay small tithes through life— and are buried in form when they die— and they call this the Christian religion in the best-constituted church in the world.     

Robert Robinson

Neither Good Friday, nor any other fasts or feasts, were appointed to be observed by the Lord Jesus Christ, or his apostle.     

Robert Robinson

Speculative Good Friday is the celebration of the self-sundering of reason in history.     

Deland Scott Anderson

Good Friday is a contraction derived from what was originally called 'God's Friday.'     

Deland Scott Anderson

Good Friday liberates through the Cross. A human being named Jesus went on before us and stepped across that big boundary line called death.     

Eric W. Gritsch

The sin of the Serpent has been changed. The sin has been stepped upon by Good Friday.     

Eric W. Gritsch

And ever since that Friday, we are people who live between the times—the old times of sin where this game is still played, very seriously, and the new time that has broken in for those who already believe in that Jesus, and know and hope that He is going to come again.     

Eric W. Gritsch

The fast on which the primitive church seems to have laid the greatest stress, and which till of late years has been usually observed with great seriousness, is that of Good Friday.     

Beilby Porteous

The surprise is that he so speaks and acts not only for those who take time on Good Friday to sit and listen and sing and pray and contemplate the depths of his passion.     

Brad Pohlman

We focus on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, but we forget to pause in the stillness of the days between. Find time today to be present in that place of waiting. There is treasure to be found in the sacred peace that comes as you breathe in that place of quiet surrender. Don't rush through the space called 'Between.'     

Katherine J. Walden

Good Friday was when the Good was crucified but then on Easter, the Good arose back... So wait to realize that be it God or be it human the good never perishes it rises above.     

Amit Abraham

When Good Friday comes, these are the moments in life when we feel there's no hope. But then, Easter comes.     

Coretta Scott King

The miracle of Good Friday is that there was no miracle. Legions of angels stood - with swords sheathed - watching as the Son took our place.     

Mark Hart

We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world.     

Barara Johnson

On Good Friday Jesus died But rose again at Eastertide.....Lord, teach us to understand that your Son died to save us not from suffering but from ourselves, not from injustice...but from being unjust. He died that we might live - but live as he lives, by dying as he died who died to himself.     

George Macdonald

Holy Week is a good occasion to go to confession and to take up the right path again.     

Pope Francis

Now, who can call 'Good Friday' good? - A term too oft-misunderstood - You, who were bought by the blood of His cross, You can call 'Good Friday' good.     

Johnny Hart

I am convinced that when we bring our griefs and sorrows within the story of God's own grief and sorrow and allow them to be held there, God is able to bring healing to us and new possibilities to our lives. That is, of course, what Good Friday and Easter are all about.     

N.T. Wright

This is the centre of the gospel - this is what the Garden of Gethsemane and Good Friday is all about - that God has done astonishing and costly things to draw us near.     

John Piper

Given is the word. Given publicly, on the first Good Friday, on a hill, in the sight of all, was the visible demonstration of the only permanent way to overcome evil. Human nature demands something more enduring than the unquiet equilibrium of rival powers.     

Muriel Lester

Jesus Christ's claim of divinity is the most serious claim anyone ever made. Everything about Christianity hinges on His carnation, crucifixion, and resurrection. That's what Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter are all about.     

Luis Palau