Today you should read: Isaiah 53
Today is Good Friday. It is the day that we remember what our Lord did for us—the suffering that our sin demanded. The day that the cup of wrath, which had stored up for centuries, was poured out on the only truly innocent person to ever live. The One whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood (Romans 3:25). This is the day that Jesus was brutally beaten and nailed to a Cross—in what was probably the most painful, shameful, and public form of execution in human history.
Jesus was not the only person to suffer a Roman crucifixion. However, he was the only one who fulfilled the myriad of Old Testament prophecies, including Isaiah 53, which predicted the suffering of God’s Messiah.
Simply read this passage to an average person who knows the story of Jesus, and they’ll pinpoint him as the one being discussed. What many of these people do not realize is that this was written hundreds of years before his birth.
If you have time, watch this 10-minute video. It is a great example of how this passage is used in evangelism to the Jewish people.
As we consider today, Good Friday, and the suffering the Christ endured, take a few moments and pray. Thank God for sending His Son. Thank Him for the Cross that paid the price for sin that we would never achieve on our own. When you’re done, re-read this passage, stopping at each verse, reflecting on the price of your sin. Finally, take a few minutes and watch the famous speech that reminds us as bad a Friday was, Sunday’s Comin’.
We look forward to seeing you tonight at one of our two Cross services at East Campus, 5:30 or 7:00!