Since today is Good Friday, the devotion is based on Isaiah 53:5, “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.”
Imagine you are on trial. You would like to think that it is just a misunderstanding, a mistake. But you know that’s not the case. You have heard the charges, and it is impossible to deny even one of them.
“The facts in the case are clear,” the judge says. “No crime can go unpunished. I, therefore, sentence my son to be cursed and crushed and killed on a cross. He will endure no less than the torment of hell. Justice demands that he suffer mortal wounds for the crimes that have been committed. The defendant is free to go.”
That is what this day that we call Good Friday is all about. Jesus, the perfect Son of God, was punished in your place. The sentence for your sins was inflicted on him. The disobedience that made you an enemy of God has been erased from your record forever! Because of Jesus, you now have peace with God. What amazing grace!
Please pray with me; I am a poor miserable sinner before you, deserving of your wrath, for I have not kept your commands as you demand. I have, at times, walked in the way of the world instead of walking with you. Thank you, Jesus, my Savior, for giving your life, your all, for me. What a marvelous gift! Amen.