Why is it called Good Friday? Scriptures from the Bible say Good Friday is the day Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross. That may have some of you asking, why then is it called Good Friday when so many tragic events happened to one man. Religious figures say it was through Jesus' suffering and death that brought all of mankind salvation so everyone might have eternal happiness. Scriptures also say that while Jesus died on Good Friday, he also rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.