“See, My Servant will act wisely
He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted.
Just as many were appalled at You—
His appearance was so disfigured
that He did not look like a man,
and His form did not resemble a human being—
so He will sprinkle many nations.
Kings will shut their mouths because of Him,
For they will see what had not been told them,
and they will understand what they had not heard.”
I think the Holman Christian Standard Bible says this well. It’s quite gruesome, but I believe the bolded verse above is what best illustrates how our Savior looked as He dragged His cross through the trade roads of Jerusalem and up to Calvary, partly with the “ordered” help of Simon the Cyrene. The “Place of the Skull” it was called. Golgotha.
There the Roman soldiers did their duty—their duty. They pounded nails through my Savior’s hands and feet into the wood of the cross. And they leaned the cross up in full view of the mocking spectators.
But look. Scripture says He was so marred from the beating He took before ascending to Calvary that He no longer looked like a human being! Can you imagine? Actually, shut your eyes and try to picture what that must have looked like.
The movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” almost goes to the point of depicting Jesus not resembling a person, but what they showed was enough to evoke horror from audiences. I saw it with a group of fellow church members when it was originally released. After the movie, everyone left the theater with shocked and silent tears, and a stronger impact of what Jesus did for us.
I asked my friend, Pastor Marshall Brandon, about Good Friday.
“Marshall, why, with so much violence inflicted on Jesus, is it called, Good Friday?”
I carry his four-word answer with me.
“It’s good for us.”
Thank You, Jesus!
He is your Savior, too, if you accept His kind invitation to life eternal! Want to know how?
If you acknowledge your need for the Savior, pray this:
Dear Lord God,
I am a sinner and have tried to live my life on my own, and have failed without You leading me by Your Holy Spirit. I believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord and God raised Him from the dead. Please forgive me and come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and save me. I put my life in Your hands as You fill me with Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray.” Amen.
If you prayed that and mean it will all your heart, you, dear brother or sister, are saved! You are now part of the kingdom of heaven. Congratulations and welcome to the family!
Please see my post titled, “Why?” for next steps. Or contact me! I’d love to pray with and for you.
It’s a good day in Christ!
I sandwiched the verse about how marred Jesus was with the verses stating the promise of His exaltation! One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!
And as you reflect on the greatest news for all –
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