Sometimes the simplest reflections are the best. More often than not, the most direct reflections from God’s own words are the most appropriate. On this Good Friday, as we struggle to comprehend the immeasurability of what Jesus has done for us by surrendering His life for ours, let these words from Scripture wash over you in new and fresh ways.
“When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive – right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the cross and marched them naked through the streets.” - Colossians 2:13-15 (The Message)
“He has forgiven you all your sins: Christ has utterly wiped out all the damning evidence of broken laws and commandments which always hung over our heads and has completely annulled it by nailing it over His own head on the cross. And then, having disarmed all the powers ranged against us, He exposed them – shattered, empty, and defeated – in His final glorious triumphant act.” - Colossians 2:13-15 (unique translation)
“There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected – a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs to him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s path to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” - Isaiah 53:2-6 (New Living Translation)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8 (New American Standard Bible)
“He said, ‘It is finished!’ Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.” - John 19:30 (New Living Translation)