As we reflect on Good Friday, let’s just remember that it was so good indeed for us at the great cost of it being so painful for our Savior who took our place. Friend, if you indeed know Him as your Savior and King, then may these words just remind you of what love He has shown to you. Friend, if you do not know Him as Savior, Lord, and King of your life, then I pray that these very words of God will show you how much He loved you that He suffered so much so that your sins could be forever forgiven and that you could receive the promise of eternal life. If these words don’t mean much to you, if they do not cause you to pause and say a huge thank you to Jesus for all that He has done, if they do not cause you to worship Him and give your life to Him, then I am truly sorry for you, for that would mean that not only do you not understand the suffering of the Lord Jesus because of His love for you, but you also then do not understand the greatest triumph of all time, which secures our place with Him forever, His resurrection! Oh that you would open up your heart today and allow the King of glory to come in.
This is what our Savior has done for us.
Taken from Isaiah 53
Like a root out of dry ground, He grew up before the Father – think about it. The son of God, who was forever with the Father in perfect glory left that glory to grow up in a barren desert. He was not planted among the hanging gardens of Babylon. He was not raised in the royal courts. He was planted in an ordinary place. The Son of God left His throne in glory to grow up in a barren land.
He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him. – The One whom all the angels forever worship came to earth without any form that would be considered attractive. The One who commands worship from the hosts of Heaven because of His radiant glory showed up on the earth as one who would not be considered desireable.
He was despised and rejected by men. – The One who fills the Heavens with the glory of God, the One whom the angels bow to day and night saying, “holy, holy, holy”, was despised and rejected by men. I too had despised and rejected Him. What about you? Do you still reject this One who loved you so much that He gave His life for your soul?
A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. – Do not ever think that there isn’t anybody who can understand your pain. Do not ever think that God does not know what it feels like to grieve. He himself entered into it more than we ever will. He knows. He has been there. Let Him in.
Surely He has borne our griefs and has carried our sorrows. – Did you get that? The grief and sorrow was not caused by Him, it was our grief and our sorrow that He has carried. Yes, He carried those things to the cross, the grief and sorrow that we would have experienced being separated from God forever because of our sin. The grief and sorrow of being at enmity with the God of the universe. That sorrow and grief is truly much more than we’ll ever know. But for the redeemed child of God, that sorrow and grief is no long there. What about you? Do you still live under the sorrow and grief of your sin? Are you still at enmity with God? Oh, let Him in. Let Him carry your sorrow and grief. It is too much for you to bear.
Yet we esteemed Him stricken! Smitten by God, and afflicted. – we thought that He was the One who was under the punishment of God because of what He had done, not realizing that it was because of our sin that He was under the holy wrath of Almighty God. He did that for us. He did that for you. It was you and me who should have been stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. This is what as known as the substitutionary atonement. He died in our place and suffered the wrath of God for our sin. What a Savior!
But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities. Upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by His wounds we are healed. – Do you see the substitution here? It was our transgressions that He was pierced (crucified). They were our iniquities that caused Him to be crushed. It was for our peace that He was chastised. He did this all for us. Have you rended Him your heart, your life, your very soul? He is worth it all!
And let’s just remembr this amazing and sobering fact, “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him.”. Why? Because in crushing Him, “He bore the sins of many.”. Amazing! Jesus bore my sin! He wore it like a garment. All of my sin that had separated me from God, and all the sin that I have yet to commit, He bore the penalty. The wrath of God against my sin has been satisfied during those most dreaded hours when Jesus, the son of God, was crying out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. Yes, Jesus suffered so much, being forsaken for a time by God because my sin was being judged upon Him, so that I am forever brought near to Him having my sins completely forgiven, knowing that I shall be with Him forever.
Oh my friend, I pray that you know Him. I pray that your eyes would be opend to the most amazing love ever. I pray that you would see that the cross was meant to satisy the wrath of God on your sin also so that you might be free to enter into fellowship with Almighty God, having your sins forgiven, and resting in the promise of being able to enjoy Him forever. Let today be the day that you surrender to Him. Let today be the day where you come to realize that it really is a Good Friday!