I have tried to understand what Jesus did those days leading up to the cross, but what he actually accomplished to me is unfathomable. I will admit it, I just can’t comprehend it. Perhaps the most perplexing thing Jesus did during those 48 hours: He took ALL the blame for every sin, every wrong, every injustice, every abuse, every divorce, every betrayal, every lie, EVERYTHING. Taking the blame for something you didn’t do isn’t just abnormal, it smacks you in the face. Most of us would cry for JUSTICE and FAIRNESS. But in this case, Jesus has you covered, literally.
The truth and reality of Good Friday should leave us in awe of a Savior whose love is incomprehensible.
Join us at 217church for our Good Friday service 7 PM at Sharon School in Robbinsville, NJ
“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.” Isaiah 53:5
Don’t get me wrong, I think we should try and comprehend, and we should aspire to know Jesus in his suffering and ascend to the greatest joy we could ever have in this life. In this pursuit of God, what we will find is a deeper revelation of the love of God and the truth that nothing can separate us from it. Being “crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20), and yet living, this is my desire and purpose. But today, I am crushed under the weight of His love, and yet I am miraculously healed.
4 Reasons I Can’t Comprehend Good Friday –
#1 Pain – Excruciating agony of forty lashes minus one on the back with a whip laced with bones and razor sharp objects. The cross carried up a hill. The spikes driven mercilessly through His hands and feet. The crown of thorns crushed into his skull. The unbearable pain of blows not recorded. One final spear in his side. I CAN’T COMPREHEND.
#2 Isolation – ALL, EVERY LAST ONE of HIS Disciples abandoned Him in during that night. They had seen him do miracles, heal the blind, and make the lame to walk. Jesus turned water into wine! He walked on the water and calmed the raging storm. Heck, they couldn’t even stay awake in the garden the night he was taken. They ALL left him, ALL denied him, ALL denounced Him, Betrayed Him. I CAN’T COMPREHEND.
#3 Intimidation – Many of us would say Jesus could not be intimidated. But one man can only take so much jeering. The excruciating, emotional abandonment he must have felt from His Father in heaven and from the Roman guards and soldiers. He became subject to the human system of hierarchy. He became the lowest of the low on that day. They spit on Him, mocked Him, they even hung a sign over him that said, “Here is the King of the Jews.” I CAN’T COMPREHEND.
#4 Selflessness – We have all had our moments of selflessness, but never have I had a moment that looks even close to what Jesus did. In all of this, the entirety of His-self was nailed to that cross. Not because He did ANYTHING wrong, but because he was righting the wrongs. I can’t comprehend after all this how Jesus exclaims, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do?” Then with one final breath, he exclaimed, “It is FINISHED!” I JUST CAN’T COMPREHEND.
I’m perplexed but have a purpose. I’m ruined yet restored.
May you rest in the fullness of the forgiveness of Jesus and may you be healed according to His Word.
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