Day Five: Good Friday

As we continue reflecting on the cross and preparing for our Good Friday service tonight, let’s read aloud together the following passages:

Isaiah 53:3-7 NIV
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But 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.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

1 Peter 3:18 NIV – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:18 NIV – For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Romans 5:11 NIV – Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Galatians 6:14 NIV – May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Prayer: Our Father, continue to prepare and mold our hearts for a life of worship and thankfulness in response to the love you have shown us through the cross.  May we only boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We praise you and worship you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s continue in praise and worship with this song, “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)”, by Chris Tomlin (click here).

– EK