These 9 verses from Isaiah 53 explains it best:

4 Yet it was OUR weaknesses he carried;
it was OUR sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for OUR rebellion,
crushed for OUR sins.
He was beaten so WE could be whole.
He was whipped so WE could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow OUR own.
Yet the LORD laid on him
the sins of US all.
7 He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
8 Unjustly condemned,
he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
9 He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.
10 But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for MANY to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all THEIR sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of MANY and interceded for REBELS.

Jesus, the Messiah, is the “righteous servant” talked about here. It is sad all that Jesus had to go through to save us from our sins. But now that the price for our rebellion from God was paid in full, we are free to be joined in relationship with God, FOREVER, starting NOW, if we confess our belief in Him and follow Him as our Lord.

From our perspective, that is GOOD news. From His perspective, that is also GOOD news. He didn’t die to make us guilty, He died to make us free to follow Him. As it says in verse 11 above, Jesus will see all that He accomplished by His anguish, and be satisfied, because He sees all of us that He died for, following Him. That is why it is called, “GOOD Friday”. Are you ready to start following Him today?

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