10 Good Friday Quotes - Significance of the Crucifixion

Powerful quotes from history about the importance and meaning of Good Friday, the crucifixion of Jesus.

Christianity.com Editorial Staff
10 Good Friday Quotes - Significance of the Crucifixion

Good Friday is a sacred holiday of Christians remembering the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His gift of eternal life by faith in Him. As an essential part of the Christian faith, there are many quotes about the significance and meaning of Good Friday. May these quotes about Good Friday from people in history and the Word of God give inspiration and clarity.

Good Friday Quotes

1. "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

2. "On the Great and Holy Friday we commemorate the holy, saving and awesome sufferings of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ: the spitting, the striking, the scourging, the cursing, the mockery; the crown of thorns, the purple cloak, the rod, the sponge, the vinegar and gall, the nails, the spear; and above all the cross and the death, which He voluntarily endured for us. Also we commemorate the saving confession of the grateful thief who was crucified with Him."

  • Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

3. "Good Friday, the day when Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus. The crucifixion and resurrection are the central events in the Christian faith. That is why Good Friday and Easter Sunday are such important days in the Christian year. The cross is the central theme of worship."

  • Gordon Geddes

4. "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

5. "From the earliest ages of Christianity, Good Friday has always been observed as a solemn fast, and been marked with that special respect which its sanctity demands. In ancient days it was called Long Friday, from the length of the religious services; and by our forefathers it was termed Holy Friday."

  • W. Stevens

6. "All the great groups that stood about the Cross represent in one way or another the great historical truth of the time; that the world could not save itself. Man could do no more. Rome and Jerusalem and Athens and everything else were going down like a sea turned into a slow cataract. Externally indeed the ancient world was still at its strongest; it is always at that moment that the inmost weakness begins. But in order to understand that weakness we must repeat what has been said more than once; that it was not the weakness of a thing originally weak. It was emphatically the strength of the world that was turned to weakness and the wisdom of the world that was turned to folly."

  • G.K. Chesterton

Bible Quotes About Good Friday

7. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed."

8. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

9. "For he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”

10. "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life."


Originally published January 29, 2020.