Who would have thought that God’s amazing love would look like this: a friend betrayed, a scapegoat accused, a Son rejected? Certainly not us. Not us, who are so distracted, so ‘busy.’ Not us, who are the ones for whom it all happened.
This Holiest Week, we are called to remember. (Isaiah 53)
Who has believed what we have heard?
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering* and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces* he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
We are convicted by and for our selfishness, but remain among God’s beloved. How? Why? We must hear again the truth: that the Lord heaped our sins, our evil upon Jesus, and that Jesus was punished horribly for it.
We must admit, acknowledge these days. We are sinful. We are wrong. We deserved much, and Christ took it on. Until we do, Easter celebrations will ring hollow.
Come remember with us and worship at 7:00pm Maundy Thursday, or online at www.fpcandersonsc.com. Worship and remember with us at Central Presbyterian Church at 7:00pm Good Friday.