Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday:: Reflections

Today is Good Friday. The day Jesus was crucified for our sins. He died because of us. Because of the inter-trinitary plan from the foundation of the world, that Christ would die for the sins of mankind. So, I wanted to share some scriptures to help us focus on what a wonderful gift we've been given.

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 griefsand carried our sorrows;yet we esteemed him stricken,smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 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.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;we have turned—every one—to his own way;and the Lord has laid on himthe 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.

9 And they made his grave with the wickedand 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.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,make many to be accounted righteous,and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to deathand was numbered with the transgressors;yet he bore the sin of many,and makes intercession for the transgressors.
I love this text, because each time I read it, I am reminded of how "He was He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." Thank You Lord that we are healed by the stripes of Your Son, Jesus.

John 19:17-19, 28-37
"17 And He, bearing His cross, went out
to a place called the Place of a Skull, which
is called in Hebrew, Golgatha, 18 where they
crucified Him, and two others with Him,
one on either side, and Jesus in the center.
19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the
cross. And the writing was:
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all
things were now accomplished, that the
Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!"
29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting
there; and they filled a sponge with sour
wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine,
He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head,
He gave up His spirit.
31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day,
that the bodies should not remain on the cross
on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day),
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken,
and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers
came and broke the legs of the first and of the other
who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to
Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not
break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His
side with a spear, and immediately blood and water
came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and
his testimony is true; and he knows that he is
telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36 For
these things were done that the Scripture should
be fulfilled, *"Not one of His bones shall be broken."
37 And again another Scripture says, *"They shall look
on Him whom they pierced."
(* Ex. 12:46; Num. 9:12; *Zech. 12:10)

More to come::

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