by: Steve Fawcett
15. Welcome to day 15 of our 4 week prayer adventure.
Today is called Good Friday. It is the day on which Jesus was crucified on the cross. Matt. 27:27-44. It is a day to remember what Jesus went through for us. He bore all those horrible, torturous, cruel punishments without a murmur; no words of impatience came from His lips. In His death, as in His life, He was perfect.
Let us also remember that He suffered not for His sins, but for ours. 1 Peter 2:24-‘bore our sins in His body on the tree.’ Isa. 53:6 –‘The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all.’ This is getting at the very foundation of the gospel.
He was our substitute, our representative, our proxy, who was willing to stand in our place and by the priceless sufferings of this perfect God-man, was able to purchase our redemption.
Was He whipped? It was done so that ‘by His wounds we are healed.’ Was He condemned, though innocent? It was so we might be set free, even though we were guilty. Did He wear a crown of thorns? It was so we could one day wear a crown of glory. Was He stripped of His clothes? It was so we could be clothed in righteousness. Was He mocked? It was so we could be blessed. Was He seen as a criminal? It was so we could be reckoned innocent. Was He not willing to save Himself? It was so that He might be able to save us to the uttermost. Did He die, a most painful and brutal death? It was so we might live with Him forever.
It is good to remember these things. May they cause us to have a deep sense of thankfulness. As we remember all that He was willing to do for us, what is it that we have done or will do, for Him?