In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Grateful



On this good Friday I'm thinking about how grateful I am for what Jesus did for me.

Isaiah 53(MSG)

1 Who believes what we've heard and seen? Who would have thought God's saving power would look like this?
2-6The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We're all like sheep who've wandered off and gotten lost.
We've all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we've done wrong,
on him, on him.
7-9He was beaten, he was tortured,
but he didn't say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
and like a sheep being sheared,
he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
and did anyone really know what was happening?
He died without a thought for his own welfare,
beaten bloody for the sins of my people.
They buried him with the wicked,
threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he'd never hurt a soul
or said one word that wasn't true.
10Still, it's what God had in mind all along,
to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he'd see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God's plan will deeply prosper through him.
11-12Out of that terrible travail of soul,
he'll see that it's worth it and be glad he did it.
Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant,
will make many "righteous ones,"
as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Therefore I'll reward him extravagantly—
the best of everything, the highest honors—
Because he looked death in the face and didn't flinch,
because he embraced the company of the lowest.
He took on his own shoulders the sin of the many,
he took up the cause of all the black sheep.

6 comments:

THE OLD GEEZER said...

EASTER GREETINGS FROM THE OLD GEEZER

I PRAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY CELEBRATING RESURRECTION SUNDAY.

HE IS RISEN!

GOD BLESS YOU, RON

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

So glad the sadness that marked this Day so long ago wasn't the end of it all.

He loves us infinitely more that we can imagine. So thankful.

Looking forward to Resurrection Sonday! Because HE IS RISEN!

And we are forgiven!

Blessings this weekend, Chel

RCUBEs said...

Unfathomable...but I'm also grateful...God bless you sister and have a Happy Resurrection Day!

The Maryland Crustacean said...

Thank you for yet another reminder of the glorious Gospel. We can never hear it often enough... we otherwise all too easily forget.

Happy Easter.

Mike said...

So glad, so thankful He did it for us! Praise God! I'm thankful God crushed Jesus Christ instead of me. I couldn't possibly bear it.

GCT said...

"On this good Friday I'm thinking about how grateful I am for what Jesus did for me."

So, what did Jesus do for you? Jesus created you as a sinner bound for hell, through no fault of your own. Then, Jesus dies and somehow this absolves you of your guilt that you gained through no fault of your own for simply being human? And, for this, we are supposed to be grateful?

Why do we not see it as Jesus putting things right and failing to do so since not everyone will go to heaven? In fact, the Bible claims most people will end up in hell for simply being born human. What kind of god creates beings that are destined for hell unless he decides to bring them to heaven instead, then only brings a small subset of those humans to heaven and expects that we should all be grateful? This is not the behavior of a moral being.

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