My Substitute

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What is good about Good Friday? On this day in the Biblical record Jesus was arrested, declared guilty in a mock trial, spit upon, beaten, mocked, a crown of thorns jammed onto His head, His back turned into ribbons of flesh by scourging and then He was forced to carry His cross to the place where He would be nailed onto it and die.

What is good about Good Friday? It is good because Jesus did it all for me! Yes, it is most powerful when we personalize it, because I would have had nothing to bring to a Holy God but my sins and my worthless works. But thankfully, His Son Jesus made a way for my sins to be forgiven on Good Friday. Is there any other way? No there isn’t. It took a sinless sacrifice to please a Holy Heavenly Father and there was no other person on earth that qualified. It took a sacrifice that would die for the sins of all mankind.

Consider the prophecy of Isaiah in chapter 53 which he wrote 700 years before Jesus was born. Take time to read this and ask yourself, “Who could this be written about?”

Isaiah 53:1-6 (NLT) Who has believed our message?
    To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
    like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
    nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

There is no other life that fulfills this prophecy like Jesus. There is no other name under heaven, given among men by which we must be saved. Consider it, consider what Jesus did for you and then decide. Will you turn from your sins and trust Him as your Savior or continue to trust in yourself?

But to as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. (John 1:12)

For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

That’s what is so GOOD about GOOD FRIDAY!

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