You’ll see this phrase all over social media today: It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming! I’m not a fan of cliché, but this is a darn good one. You see, today is the day that we commemorate what Jesus did on the cross for us, and Sunday is the day He overcame death. That’s not cliche. It’s miraculous.
The theme that’s been resonating in my heart for our Easter service since before Christmas is this idea of the “man of sorrows.” I’m not talking about the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou, either. The Bible says in Isaiah 53:3-11:
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his 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 her shearers is silent so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away. And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Hi to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand. After the suffering of His soul, He will see the light of life and be satisfied by His knowledge my righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.
I know this is a long passage, but it is the Easter message. Through the song I’ve been asking you all to learn by Sunday, this message will be preached and, prayerfully, received. Please meditate on this today. Thanks!