Today is the Friday in which we celebrate / remember the death of our Lord on the cross. Celebrate because of what it means for us; remember because of how we a part of the cause. That Friday was horrible as we (humans) committed an unfathomable crime and good in the eternal result. Thank God! Thank God for His ability and willingness to turn our sins into the best gift ever given. Thank God for his perfect mercy and perfect justice.
My favorite verse in the Book of Wisdom, the one that truly got me into the book, is this:
Wis 14:7 For blessed is the wood by which righteousness comes.
Church readings for today here. They include part of the book of Isaiah, the Suffering Servant. Written long before the events of that Friday, they tell of the one who will come and heal us. There's no good way to format this so I'll leave it as I got it from my software:
Isa 52:13 Behold, my servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.
Isa 52:14 As many were astonished at him--his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the sons of men--
Isa 52:15 so shall he startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they shall see, and that which they have not heard they shall understand.
Isa 53:1 Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
Isa 53:2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or comeliness that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
Isa 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isa 53:4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.
Isa 53:6 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.
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.
Isa 53:8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
Isa 53:9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Isa 53:10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief; when he makes himself an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand;
Isa 53:11 he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities.
Isa 53:12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.