Good Friday

No doubt, like me, you have mixed feelings when it comes to Good Friday. It is an incredibly good day, and it is also the worst of days. Today is the day when our God - Jesus Christ - suffered horrifically on the cross for our sin.

Jesus' hands and feet were pierced with nails. He was hung as a criminal, alongside other criminals, whilst having done nothing wrong. Historians believe that Jesus was pinned to Calvary's cross at around 9 am in the morning, and He stayed hanging there in agony for six hours until He died at around 3 pm.

Today at our Good Friday service, we are going to reflect on Isaiah 53 - a passage often titled The Suffering Servant. This passage paints a vivid and incredibly sobering picture of what Jesus endured on that cross for you and I. Isaiah 53:3-10 (ESV) says:

3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 

9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

Set aside time to meditate on this passage today *|FNAME|*. If you can, join with others from your church family and meditate on this passage at our Good Friday service today. If you can't make our service, be sure to set aside some time to sit somewhere quiet by yourself and meditate on Jesus Christ - the Suffering Servant - and remember what He endured for you, for me, and all of mankind, all those years ago when He hung on Calvary's cross for the sins of the world.


Ps Joel Hawting

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