“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 (NIV)
It’s Good Friday – the day that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, fulfilled these words when he was nailed to a Roman cross, and we learned that he would rather die than live without us, his most precious and special of all creation.
This is the day we remember.
“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice, and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)
We can rejoice, because we know that Sunday is coming, and the tomb will be empty.
Without the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are dead in our sins. All of us. There is not one of us “good enough” to make it into Heaven. Period. God owns no scales to weigh our good deeds against our bad.
His Word says that even our good deeds are about as useful as a pile of menstrual rags (Isaiah 64:6).
God has done everything possible to open wide the gates of Heaven for each one of us, and has no desire to see a single soul die a spiritual death (a.k.a. go to hell, which was created for demons, not people). He wants everyone to know his great love. (2 Peter 3:9)
Grace & Peace,