He Suffered, Died, and Was Buried
“And in Jesus Christ…who…suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.” – Apostles’ Creed
Do you consider Good Friday good or bad?
It was only a few weeks ago that we observed Good Friday. As we were preparing for the church service, one of the youth asked me, “Why do we call it Good Friday if Jesus died on that day?” That’s a great question and one which I completely understand.
The day is a day of mixed emotions for me as well.
I am greatly saddened by the suffering Jesus endured and I am ashamed of my sin which required Him to die. At the same time, I am filled with joy that my sin has been forgiven and my punishment was taken from me. I am overwhelmed by the love the Lord Jesus showed us by suffering and dying for us.
Of course, it is not just one day out of the year that we should remember Jesus’ sufferings and death. We remember it daily. As we daily confess our sins and hear the Word of God tell us that our sins are forgiven, we face the cross once again with both sorrow and joy.
The Most Expensive of Gifts
I’ve heard it said many times that the gracious salvation of God is a free gift. Certainly, it is true, that our salvation cost us nothing. However, what comes to us as a free gift, came from Christ at great expense, His own life.
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:4-6
I thought I’d finish today’s blog post with one of my favorite songs, “By His Wounds.” It is almost word for word from Isaiah 53.
In Christ’s Service,