Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, and nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
(Isaiah 53:1-6 NIV, emphasis added)
For centuries, mankind (with the devil’s influence) has made a complicated mess of the meaning of Salvation. By adding silly man-made doctrines; deleting important information; inserting bunny rabbits and new dresses; making sure unscriptural protocols are adhered to; and keeping people in the dark about the simplicity of God’s Salvation, many souls go unsaved.
God created man. Man sinned. God initiated the process, through which, He would redeem man. God emptied Himself of His Glory and entered His Creation in the form of a Man – Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ did exactly what God said He would do through the Prophets. Jesus walked the earth, He taught and He healed. He lived a sinless life! He was persecuted and crucified for your sins and mine. He bought our eternal Salvation with His precious blood. On that Friday afternoon, over 2,000 years ago, Jesus was nailed to the Cross for us; for all of mankind throughout the ages. Good Friday is a commemoration of the Day God accepted His Son’s sacrifice for the sins of all. It really is that simple.
Jesus was not extraordinary in His appearance. He did not live a complicated life. His Salvation is simple; just believe! Don’t let the world complicate the most wonderful gift God will ever give you – just accept it and own it. Celebrate this Good Friday in prayer and give Glory to God for the simplicity of this Holy Day.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, please help those who do not know the Glory of your gift of Salvation. Help us who do know, to be your Light in this dark world that others may see. Thank you, Father for the simplicity of the Gospel and for the promise of Eternal Life in Your Kingdom. Amen.