Good Friday ReadingsPosted: April 10, 2009
These are the verses that are on my heart as I reflect on Jesus’ horrific death on the cross to pay for my sin. These verses shed a little light on why today is called Good Friday and not Horrific Friday.
“For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and now beauty that we should desire him.
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.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his on way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
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?
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.
Yet it was the Lord’s will 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.” :: Isaiah 53:1-10
“But God shows his for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” :: Romans 5:8
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” :: 2 Corinthians 5:21
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” :: Colossians 2:13-15
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” :: 1 John 4:10
Jesus took my place.
Jesus paid my debt.
Jesus bore the wrath was mine to bear.
He did it for you, too.
“Because of Your love, my debt is paid. Because of Your cross, my sins are washed away. Now all of my life I freely give. Because of Your love. Because of Your love.” :: Phil Wickham, Because of Your Love