The Gift of Good Friday
Day 45: Good Friday
Many of us know the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each one is written with a slightly different perspective, and all four of them contain detailed accounts of the events of this day, Good Friday.
However, there is another book that describes these events, and it has been referred to as the Fifth Gospel: the Old Testament book of Isaiah. The scripture lesson from Isaiah for this Good Friday sounds like an eyewitness to Jesus' crucifixion, but we know that Isaiah penned his words about 600 years before the events of Good Friday actually occurred.
How could this be? Lets reflect on the words once more:
If I had been Isaiah and had seen the vision he describes, I would have shuddered as I retold the vision to others. As we read the words, it's as if Isaiah were standing beneath the cross describing the torture Jesus endured. His words reflect an objectivity that the disciples could not have had that day and a sense of assurance that the Savior was going the way that had been intended for him to go.
The point that Isaiah was making is that you and I are the ones who deserve to be crucified and rejected by God, not Jesus. Why? Because like the sheep that Isaiah speaks about, we have gone astray, and we have chosen time and time again to go our own way. We have rejected God as the ruler of our hearts, and to do so is to live in iniquity, a state that we cannot make up for nor free ourselves from.
Isaiah also foretold of God's plan to fix it all. God would have to take on our iniquity. To do so, God had to become a human being who could experience physical death.
So that's where we find Jesus on this day of our Lenten journey, carrying the cross of our sins and our wrongdoings. He was there out of Love, giving his human body to the affliction and suffering that we deserve, all the while praying to God for our forgiveness. Today, we can still find him there, next to God interceding for us, asking for God's forgiveness of our continued sins and daily wrongdoings.
Good Friday is a gift. It is a blessing from our Savior. May we never forget the sacrifice or the daily intercession that Jesus does for each and everyone of us!
Gracious God, we cannot thank you enough for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ. Forgive us we pray, for the things we do each day that hurt others and ourselves. Help us to be a voice of justice and peace. Help us to be the disciples you have designed us to be as we answer the call of mission and grace within our communities and beyond. Thank you for the gift of Good Friday. Amen.