“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
Good Friday is a time for the Christian to lay gaze upon the cross of Jesus Christ with utmost focus and simply reflect upon the greatest event of history aside from the resurrection. But what happens after reflection? Is this just something to think about with our minds, or is it something that ought to have a deep affect on our hearts in crushing and yet joyful ways. I think the latter is the case, as we must all seek to understand that it was my sin that nailed my Savior to the cross.
My sin: After we allow that truth to sink into our souls and become a part of us as that is the goal of meditation, we will have deep gratitude for the grace of God. In other words, to the degree you are aware of the weight of your sin, to the opposite degree you will be aware of God’s grace. As you begin to see that Christ was crucified for your sin, you will begin to see that Christ’s crucifixion was the punishment you deserved. If you are a Christian, take time today and think about Jesus being slaughtered on the cross for your sin, but at the very same time, remember that he was accomplishing your forgiveness and purchasing your life:
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
My Savior: This ought to be a day of meditative, awe-struck, heartfelt, worshipful fixation on Jesus Christ crucified. How prone we are to be as Martha in making all the preparations and gazing elsewhere as we are “anxious and troubled about many things” not only on Good Friday, but each day, as our Lord waits patiently for us to sit at His feet and listen to Him. Let the Christians who live today be as Mary who chose “the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Allow today (indeed every day!) to be a day of meditative, awe-struck, heartfelt, worship of the King of kings who was crucified for the sins of His people and not a day of being troubled and anxious about many things.
John Mark McMillan wrote a song titled, “Death in His Grave” which has been a great tool for me today in reflecting upon Good Friday. Read this excerpt of his lyrics and listen to the song if you are able to today.
On Friday a thief
On Sunday a king
Laid down in grief
But woke with the keys
Of hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The man Jesus Christ laid
Death in his grave…
In desperate places he paid our
Wages one time once and for all.