I have always wondered why we call the Friday before Easter Good Friday; now I understand the obvious answer of dying for my sins, but really Good Friday? The man I have chosen to pattern my life after died today. He suffered excruciating pain and humiliation for me? It is so easy to look forward to Sunday and the resurrection because we love a feel good story, but I ask my readers today to walk with a heavy heart and remember what happened on this day. Try to see through his eyes.
If you have watched The Passion you’ll understand where I am heading with this post. Jesus was beaten, scourged, verbal abused, spit upon and then crucified like a common criminal, with the people he loved watching, doing nothing to stop this dreadful act against the man who would ultimately save them.
As I sit in my office this morning I try to visualize with my soul what it must have felt like to be so betrayed, so defeated and so unloved. The pain from his wounds were probably no match for the pain of his broken heart. I can empathize with the line in the Bible, “Father, why have you forsaken me?”
Throughout scripture God’s word points to the crucifixion of a savior. David writes in Psalm 22,
“Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and feet. I can count my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
Isaiah writes about Christ as well in Isaiah 53, “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.”
You see the amazing part of these scriptures is that they were written a thousand years before his death. It was inevitable that Jesus must die for us. The whole Bible pointed to this day.
This morning I tried to think about what it must have been like to know you were dying for others. I would die for my children, my wife, my mother, my sisters and their families, and many good friends, but would I give up my life for someone who I didn’t even know?
The only way someone could do something like that is with LOVE! Thank you God for loving me! Pray for those today who don’t understand the depths of this kind of love.