“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. . . He was despised and rejected by men and was a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering. . . He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. . . He was pierced for our sins, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him . . . and by His wounds we are healed.” Isa 53:2-6.
On this Good Friday, Jesus Christ, the Last Lamb, bloodied and bruised, weak from a brutal beating and stumbling under the weight of a cross meant for us, was “led like a lamb to the slaughter” (53:7).
And with the “precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19), He willingly shed His blood for us all knowing “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Heb 9:22).
“The death He died He died to sin once for all.” (Rom 6:10)
The ongoing sin offerings required by the Levitical Law ended that day when “the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God” fell, cleansing “our consciences from acts that lead to death so that we may serve the Living God.” (Heb 9:14).
“When you were dead in your sins . . . God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code (Old Covenant) with its regulations that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Col 2:13-14)
The King of Kings was tortured for you and me and treated like a filthy criminal “oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth.” (Isa 53:7)
The Last Lamb willingly took His place on the altar as an atonement for our sins then breathing His last bowed His head and declared “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
His ending is our new beginning, His death our eternal life.
He paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.
The greatest expression of love ever known to mankind came through a cruel, inhumane death and gloriously ushered in a grace so amazing it cannot be comprehended.
What makes this Friday so “good?”
The unmerited, undeserving goodness and eternal life gifted to us through the brutal slaughtering of the Last Lamb, Jesus Christ.
What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make us whole again? NOTHING but the blood of Jesus.
Oh precious is that flow that makes me white as snow. . .
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