I’m amazed as I read through Isaiah 53 (and as I’ve been rehearsing Handel’s Messiah) at the prophecy of Christ’s suffering. Everything’s there: rejection; unjust condemnation; punishment by piercing, crushing, beating, whipping; and silence. The silence is what really gets me. From the time Jesus is arrested in the garden to the final “it is finished!”, He is a man of few (but powerful) words. During all the trials, mocking, and plain noise “He did not open His mouth.” It just speaks to me of his obedience to do His Father’s will.
“By His Wounds” – Mac Powell
He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His Wounds by His Wounds
We are healed
We are healed by Your Sacrifice
In the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your Grace we are saved
We are saved
Not only am I amazed at Isaiah’s prediction centuries before Jesus’ appearance, but I’m even more amazed at the entire plan of man’s salvation. And even more amazed that Jesus would be willing. And even more amazed that He’d do it for me. But then again, we are talking about the God of Wonders. And His Grace. He IS amazing.
I encourage you to attend the “Experience the Passion” on April 3, Good Friday. Come and spend some time being amazed at Christ’s sacrifice. Why not amaze your friends, too. This is a great opportunity to share the gospel. There are flyers available in the foyer to help spread the word.