by Rex Wiseley
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.
Have you ever known a word to be used to describe something which doesn’t seem to fit? You most likely know what I mean. Like something that is called tiny but is miniscule. Or something likened to be fresh is certainly not what you would deem to be of recent nature.
The word ‘good’ means to be desired or approved of or that which is pleasing and welcome. Have you ever stopped to ask why is the Friday of Resurrection weekend most often referred to as ‘good?’ What is really good about it?
Reread the prophecy from Isaiah 53. It’s certainly not good for Jesus that he chose to endure the wounds rightfully ours or to be crushed for our missteps or to receive our punishment.The good is for us, all of mankind, that Jesus went through the worst pain possible, leading to death, so that we might be forgiven and saved to eternity with God. Without what Jesus went through on Friday, there could be no resurrection Sunday.
Let us join together in praising our Father that, as the saying goes, God is good all the time!
Easter is a wonderful time to think about why you take communion and what you remember about Jesus.