Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 47

Good Friday

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Today's Text: Mark 15:1-47, Isaiah 52:13-15; Isaiah 53:1-7

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:1-47, Isaiah 52:13-15; Isaiah 53:1-7

The route to a place you’ve never been is always longest the first time. Christ’s journey to the cross was a first. For the Creator of the universe, death was the one place He hadn’t been. The Bible gives us a slowed-down account of His last few hours, allowing us to watch how God acts as He walks toward death.

Jesus spoke very few recorded words in the hours leading to His crucifixion. His silences stand in contrast to the clamouring of the crowds, the indictments of the priests, and shouts of His accusers. In the face of unjust denunciations and undeserved mockery, wouldn’t an ordinary person rise to their own defense and use reason and truth to set the record straight? Isn’t history filled with stories of men and women who stood to give articulate, impassioned defenses for themselves? Isn’t a clear defense the only way to save yourself?

Then why did Jesus stay so silent the day He was crucified? Jesus’ responses on Good Friday are so shocking. He doesn’t defend Himself. The mockers even jeered at Him, saying, “‘He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him’” (Matthew 27:42).

Indeed, as they led Him out to the cross, He went meekly, like a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7). They falsely accused Him, and yet He uttered not a word. It is funny how we so easily confuse the signs of weakness and the signs of strength.

Gentleness and meekness confuse us, because our hearts are naturally driven to clamor and strive, making a lot of noise in the process. We are stupid and boisterous by nature, making much of all the wrong things, slow to lovingkindness, and abounding in anger. Maybe in the end, what we don’t understand is the humility of obedience—obedience even to the point of death. Instead, we are intent upon asserting ourselves at all costs. The last thing we want is for anyone to step on our selfish toes. And so obedience, totally selfless obedience, is confounding to us. It looks like weakness, like foolishness, and our hearts mock it.

We are, left to ourselves, everything we should not be. He is, even as all the world railed against Him, even as He walked straight into death for the first and final time, all that we need.

But he was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on him,
and we are healed by his wounds.
—Isaiah 53:5

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  • Kerry Terry

    He is our portion. He is all we need. My hope is in You, Jesus. May I keep my eyes focused on You.

  • Hannah Gumbo

    Those words are the beginning of Psalm 22 which predicted the very scene that Jesus is playing out.

  • Sherree Hunsberger

    Because God could not look at sin and Christ became sin. I feel The most difficult time for Jesus was when He became sin for us and the Father had to look away from His Son—-THE PERFECT SACRIFICE.

  • Natalie Mann

    Thanks so much for this Rebecca. Our Savior is

  • Denise Powers Fabian

    Once for all…such a contrast to the tedious task in Exodus.

  • Peony Noirr

    ❤️

  • As I sit outside of my hotel room gazing at the beautiful landscape, ( which is actually a cemetery) cute little birds and looking to see if I see any deer as we did yesterday and read Isaiah’s account of the crucifixion that OUR Jesus was so disfigured beyond recognition my heart aches. HE did this for YOU and ME!! For that I am thankful.

  • Lauren Mayfield

    Today I was impressed by the idea of false messiahs. Barabbas, a name meaning son of the father and a political rebel looked more appealing to the Israelites that day. One who would overthrow the government. Then the golden calf in the wilderness. Here’s something that will save us, here is something we can worship. Even Pharaoh, a false god who at least kept us well fed. Or the temple with its veil torn in two. Perhaps our offerings will save us. But on this day, there was the true messiah on the cross. Broken and despised. I wonder how often we look to the wrong things to save us when all we should be doing is looking to Him.

    • Liz C

      Thank you Lauren. Your final comment really gave me pause and a lot to think about as I wonder how often I’m looking in the wrong direction as well.

  • Kari Glemaker

    Today I feel like I have had to read and re-read this multiple times. Absolutely overwhelming. My favorite part by Rebecca was the last two sentences—We are, left to ourselves, everything we should not be. He is, even as all the world railed against Him, even as He walked straight into death for the first and final time, all that we need.

  • Jaelyn Hamilton

    Jesus is unbelievably amazing. Who He is and His love and His actions during His final moments amaze me and fill me heart. I want to be like Him. Gentleness and meekness. They are not weaknesses! Especially the way Jesus portrayed them. I long to be gentle and meek so that the Lord can be the one who shouts through me. I want to give Jesus the biggest hug possible right now

  • Rochelle Holman

    I am undone when I read “His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being…” And yet “He was pierced because of OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, crushed because of OUR INQUITIES,; punishment for OUR PEACE was on Him” and yet “WE are healed…” Thank you thank you Jesus. Forgive us.

  • Lizzieb85

    A lamb goes to slaughter meekly because it has no idea what’s going to happen to it. Jesus went meekly knowing exactly what was going to happen, & He still went in obedience & love.

  • Pam White

    “The humility of obedience.” This is one of my personal struggles. I tend to go in kicking and screaming, much like a toddler who doesn’t want to leave a place of comfort or joy. Lord, please forgive me for being stubborn. Please quell my defiant nature and help me put on the humility of obedience.

  • Sarah D.

    Sometimes holidays like Christmas or Easter roll through quickly and I forget to take time to actually think about the events that happened. The Christmas and Easter story becomes repetitive and I don’t pause and reflect. I pray that I will never lose my wonder of the manger and the cross. Never lose the wonder that a perfect God would come down, into this broken world, pitch his tent in my backyard, and say, “I will gladly die for you, so that the veil between us may be torn”. Even when I turn from him. Even when I deny him. Even when I forget his promises. He still bore my sin and shame. The story of the victim ended at the cross, and the story of the Victor began in the empty tomb (said by Louie Giglio). I pray we may never lose our wonder for the amazing grace and love of our Jesus! Mike Donehey from Tenth Avenue North said, “Good Friday was the worst Friday…until Sunday.” Thank you Lord for fulfilling your promises.

    • Bukky

      @Sarah D.
      Such a powerful statement, not to let the Easter story become mundane and another holiday to buy Easter eggs and bunnies. Rather, to reflect at the essence of the magnitude of what Christ did on Calvary. Because he died and lives on, I CAN FACE TOMORROW knowing that I’m forgiven even before I sin.

  • Christ’s silence was deafening as He walked out, heavy step by heavy step, His love over us. One foot in front of the other, as each step became weightier, He silently welcomed pain, He silently accepted what appeared to be defeat, He silently chose death. And with each excruciating breath on the cross, He took in the sin of the world, each salty drop of sweat from his brow rolling across His blood stained cheeks offering its silent plea to Heaven for Mercy for us, dropping hard and loud on the dry ground below. His body trembling from the pain until He could suffer no longer and His spirit was unencumbered. Today I focus on His sacrifice, His unbelievable love of us and I pray, that with each of my own steps today I remember the weight of immeasurable pain and His silent yet thunderous actions of preposterous grace.

    • Julie

      I’m truly taking in this somber description. Words cannot describe how this impacted me. Thank you for writing this.

    • Heather N (MNmomma)

      Oh man B….your words, your description has the tears flowing…..oh what love He has for us…

    • Pam

      One of our church’s worship leaders sings Via Dolorosa at our Good Friday service every year. I just stand there and sob from the first note. Your description here very much reminds me of that song. I’m sitting here sobbing in awe and wonder for the grace of it all. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Cecilia

      Thank you for your words today, B. Xo

  • Kristi L

    On the app, it only shows Isaiah 53:1, but on the site it says Isaiah 53:1-7 in case anyone is wondering.

    • Lizzieb85

      I would add the whole of Isaiah 53 is worth reading today.

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so sorry for that confusion Kristi. Thanks for letting us know! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Kendra Boehning

    Thank you Jesus

  • Erin Vallez

    The Good in Good Friday is such a mediocre word for the greatness of God. I’m undone this morning. I have spent these last moments just overwhelmed with gratitude for our fathers love. The excruciating pain that Jesus endured makes me want to be a better disciple of the Lord, wife, mother, daughter, friend. I can’t help but think that in his crying out, that the father would send someone else…something else as the sacrifice for our sins. I beg for forgiveness for shortcomings he already knows I’m gonna make. I am so unworthy of this crucifixion. I fall short every single day. I want to be faithful to God just as Jesus was to his father’s will for him.

  • Churchmouse

    A somber day for reflection. I lift up all the pastors and worship leaders who are working so diligently to present the full Gospel this weekend. I’m praying for receptive hearts and minds. I’m praying that many come to a saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Amen.

  • Shuana Michele-Hackworth

    Reading this account reminded me that Jesus knew who he. He didn’t answer and was very humble he didn’t offer up a defense. I more often than not find myself defending and trying to prove who I want others to see me as instead of being confident in who God says that I am. This reading also reminds me that everything does not warrant a verbal response yet quietness many times speak volumes.

  • Kelly Chataine

    Gave His life out of love for me, you, us and obedience to His Father. No one had power but our Triune God that first Good Friday. Many thought they had power but NO! God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were in control then and still! Praise God! Thanks be to the Lamb who was slain!

  • Christie

    Thank you Lord! I am so blessed he did not give up on me when I turned on him.

  • Kathryn Green

    Thank You Jesus!

  • Kathy Valentine

    I was thinking about Barabbas as I read Pilate’s part of the story. I wonder what his take on everything would be? How would he tell the story from his point of view? Guilty as charged, a murderer, a rebel, on death row, terrified and waiting for his turn to be called…and then when he thinks his number is up, is shocked to find he is suddenly and completely pardoned and free? Because of this man Jesus. I am Barabbas. How can I ever thank You, Jesus, for taking the punishment in store for me?

    • Churchmouse

      Yes. Barabbas was the first person Jesus set free from the penalty of death. Barabbas, a sinner like me, was undeserving. I too wonder what became of Barabbas… Did he wonder who it was that won his freedom? Did he search for him to thank him? Did he ask others what kind of man he was? I like to imagine he asked the centurion. Perhaps the centurion told him “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

    • Jacinda Daddow

      I love this so much. Thank you for sharing this! I’ve never thought of it from the point of view of Barabbas.

  • Sabrina Michelle

    Lord, I thank you❤️❤️❤️

  • Ella Leach

    In the lead up to Easter this year, I’ve been struck by how the spectators of the crucifixion that very first Good Friday might have felt. Did they recognize the enormity of the event? Was it for all accounts and purposes just ‘business as usual’? Did they leave and think about it again as they made preparations for dinner?
    Working our way through this Lenten study has given me fresh eyes to marvel at God’s plan for salvation, even from beginning of time. He has never wanted to leave us. He has ALWAYS loved us and desires relationship with us.
    Praise Him, who is able to save us from the curse of sin, and for that meek, mild but oh so majestic lamb. Praise Him that His patience means salvation! Might MANY recognize the significance of that old, rugged cross.
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    See the King who made the sun,
    and the moon and shining stars,
    Let the soldiers hold and nail him down,
    So that he might save them.

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