|Today, Good Friday symbolizes the most important event in Christianity. In fact, it symbolizes Christianity! Today symbolizes the day that God made him who had no sin to become sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (1 Cor. 5:21). We are here today ONLY because of the grace that was shed on that cross.|
I am sure you have all seen The Passion of the Christ, if you haven’t; make sure you see it as soon as possible! In this film, we are given a vivid picture of what Jesus Christ went through because of us. Many critics argue that it is anti-Semitic, and that it portrays Jews in a negative light, as if they killed Jesus. Guess what? I KILLED JESUS, I ADMIT IT, I ACCEPT IT, AND I CANNOT REPAY HIM, but I am confessing that I did it, but then again, he willingly did it. John 10:12, 17-18 attests to the fact that Jesus willingly laid down his life for me. In vs. 12, he says that “I lay down my life for the sheep.” Then again in vs. 18, he goes even further to say No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord …”
Jesus loved us so much that he willingly died for us even if we did absolutely nothing to warrant that.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:4-6
I want you all to take a few minutes and really read Isaiah 53 and really meditate on it. Visualize what Jesus Christ went through for you. After you have read it, close you eyes and just picture a lamb being led by a rope to where he is going to be slaughtered. Picture that animal being beaten with a whip for every time you commit a sin, picture his skin being broken and scars being created for every sin you carry around (evil thoughts and ungodly habits). Now, I want you to picture it, bruised and broken carrying you along with all of your worldly possessions that you can’t seem to let go of. This animal keeps falling because the pain is so much and the weight is so heavy on his back. Now picture Jesus in the place of that ram. And picture yourself on him bloody back.
How does that make you feel? Now read Isaiah 53:6 again. How are you going to repay him? How are you going to respond? How are you showing your gratitude to Christ?
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