Today, Christians around the world celebrate this holiday called Good Friday. While the story of “Good Friday” doesn’t seem all that “good” to most people (why would anyone celebrate such a horrible death someone had to endure?), we celebrate because we know that it was the sacrifice made upon a cross by this God-in-the-form-of-man that brings restitution for our sins…and the healing of a broken relationship with God Almighty.
It’s a love story unmatched by any other. How could we NOT celebrate such love?
In commemoration of what this day represents…may the words of the prophet Isaiah remind us of this sacrifice that had to be made on our behalf to bring hope that we could be redeemed from our sin.
May we never forget…today and everyday…
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
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.
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 with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
And makes intercession for the transgressors.