Giving Thanks

Good Friday: A Remembrance of Sacrifice

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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.

Who can measure the immense love that it took to take on…

…the hatred from those He created and loved…

…the ridicule from those He came to save…

…the pain of flesh torn, pierced, and hung upon a cross…

…the burden of sin He carried for the world…

…the separation from the Father He endured on our behalf… 

It’s a love story unmatched by any other.  How could we NOT celebrate such love? 

We are given the honor and privilege to know Him and to give Him all honor and glory because of this costly act. 

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…

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Isaiah 53 (ESV)
Who has believed what he has heard from us?  
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 
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 no 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 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. 
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. 
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.
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 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. 
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.
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 death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
And makes intercession for the transgressors.

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