Good Friday, April 22, 2011
The Word for today is found in Isaiah 53: 3-9
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our grief’s
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by 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 Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
This passage in Isaiah tells of all that Jesus went through on the cross for our salvation.
The cross is the Divine exchange between God and man. God took all our liabilities and we got all of God’s assets. God took all the negatives and gave us all the positives.
Salvation is not just for our spiritual rebirth, but we are healed, given an inheritance, peace, and prosperity.
God did it all and all he asks is for us to reach out and receive what he did 2,000 years ago.
That, my friend, is called Grace, for you cannot earn it but just receive it by faith in the finished works of Christ.
Happy Good Friday, Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.