What a holy day Good Friday really is. Still it’s hard to understand what Jesus really did for us. The amount of suffering is beyond our imagination. Yet, he did it. Jesus died the most brutal death so we could be forgiven and made right with God. Such love. And, think, all we can do is to receive it and let it change us inside out. What wondrous love is this?
He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24, AMP,*)
The Message of Crucifixion
While we were still helpless [powerless to provide for our salvation], at the right time Christ died [as a substitute] for the ungodly. 7 Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die. 8 But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9 Therefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood, [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today]. (Romans 5:6-10, AMP,*)
The message of Good Friday, Christ died as a substitute for the ungodly, is humbling but it persistently stirs hope in me. Jesus did what we could not do. What wondrous love is this? Needless to say, I came home from church this morning filled with awe and quiet adoration. Also, I was glad when I found this song (performed by Chelsea Moon and the Franz Brothers) which captures this adoration beautifully. I hope it blesses you as it blessed me.
The Lyrics of What wondrous love is this
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down
When I was sinking down, sinking down
When I was sinking down beneath God righteous frown
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great Am;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing
And when from death I free, Il sing on, Il sing on;
And when from death I free, Il sing on
And when from death I free, Il sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, Il sing on, Il sing on;
And through eternity, Il sing on.
Let us pray
What wondrous love is this love of yours!
We thank you and we praise you.
Thank you for sending your own son to die for our sins.
It’s more than we can comprehend,
what a wondrous gift.
We open our empty hands and hearts
to receive your gifts.
Cleanse us from all unrighteousness,
create in us a clean heart
and fill us with your love and grace.
Be praised forever and ever!
Thank you, Jesus!
In your precious name,
Q4U: What wondrous love is this? Do you know it? How do you react to it?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you praise Jesus for all he’s done for you!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].