But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 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.
The above words from Isaiah 53 are some of the most well-known words in the Bible. This is because they very clearly and succinctly tell us exactly what Jesus Christ’s purpose was and what he did in fulfilling that purpose.
But why ‘Good Friday’? What is so good about that day which Christians worldwide stand in awe of?
It was surely not a good day for Jesus. He suffered horribly at the hands of the Jewish religious leaders and the Roman rulers.
But it was a good Friday for us.
It was the piercing and crushing of his body and the chastisement of our iniquity that was laid on him that brought us peace. By his wounds we are healed of the consequences of our sins.
We have peace and healing because Christ took those consequences for us thus appeasing the almighty, sovereign God’s indignation and wrath.
A good Friday indeed.