I woke up with a heavy heart today. While I am SO thankful for Christ’s gift to us around 2000 years ago it was NOT a “Good” day for Him. I mean I am going back and forth because it was a “Good” day for Him only because He loved us and He saved us on that day. Ultimately it was a HARD day for Jesus. A hard day I can’t imagine.
Isaiah 53 put a lump in my throat. I know as a society we use the cross to represent our great Savior. It represents His sacrifice on the cross that SAVED me from my sinful inevitable eternity. I mean- I wear a cross around my neck every day. I just don’t allow myself to think about what Christ went through on “Good Friday” because it’s hard. Isaiah 53 painted a humbling picture for me:
- 2a- “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. ” I forget that God sent Christ down here looking like a normal carpenters son. He was the Son of God, but on this earth He did not stand out in appearance or majesty.
- 3- “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” Despised. Rejected. Man of Suffering. Familiar with Pain. Wow- that’s hard to swallow. That is what Christ felt on “Good Friday.” It’s a reminder for me that He DOES understand whatever I may go through this side of heaven. He understands it full and well.
- 4- “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”
- 5- ” But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” This is where I guess we got Good Friday. I see the word ‘peace,’ and I’m like oh good- thanks Jesus! You were pierced/crushed/punished for my transgressions and iniquities, but it brought ME peace so it must be a good day! I hope I never forget what Christ did so that I can have PEACE.
- 6- “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Can you imagine the iniquity of all of us? I can’t even imagine him having to take on all of my sin at once!
- 7- “He was oppressed and afflicted yet he did not open his mouth, he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”
- 8- “By oppression and judgement he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living, for the transgression of my people he was punished.”
- 9- “He was assigned a grace with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.”
- 10- ” Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.” It was the Lord’s will to crush HIS son and cause him to suffer. I will never understand why God does the things that He does. Crushing and causing his own son to suffer was probably the hardest thing God ever did, but He had to do it if He wanted to save His people.
After reading Isaiah 53 I have a hard time understanding why we call it “Good Friday,” but I think it’s because of Christ’s promise.
Romans 6:22-23 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ, Jesus our Lord.” I guess they got “Good Friday” from the pure fact that we were given a gift from Christ amongst all of his suffering. Although the wages of my sin is death, Christ gave me a free gift from his death on the cross- eternal life.
1 Peter 2:24- “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.” His hope: I die to sin and live to righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21- “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” THIS IS THE GOSPEL!
Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice that saved my sinful heart! I hope I never forgot that it was just that- a sacrifice.