As you read this, I hope you might take a few minutes this Good Friday to read and chew on the words below. Place yourself at the sites of each biblical scene, and try to picture yourself there. Here is a piece of music that I hope you turn on in the background as you do this, give it a shot and really get into the God’s story of redemption. Be blessed my friends through the work of Edvard Grieg, Rembrandt, and most importantly Jesus, our crucified Lord.
————————————————————Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6
“Raising the Cross” Rembrandt
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. II Corinthians 5:21
“The Descent from the Cross” RembrandtBy means for our first [parents] (Adam and Eve), we were all brought into bondage, by being made subject to death. So at last, by means of the New Man, all who from the beginning were His disciples, having cleansed and washed from things pertaining to death, can come to the life of God. -Irenaeus of Lyons
“The Entombment of Christ” by Rembrandt
Jesus was nailed to a rugged piece of wood, naked. He was beaten, had his beard torn off and was deserted by his followers. Jesus was placed as a common criminal, a person on the side of the road strategically placed to show the strength of Rome. The same person who created the world and fashioned the cosmos was now held to a tree. He was looked upon as a subject of scorn, an object of derision. He was placed there for the world. And quite frankly, I was a cause of His pain.
God, the source of beauty, was destroyed and disfigured beyond all recognition for the sake of humanity.
So, come to Jesus, come to the cross where new life is found. Now is the day of salvation.