He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds,
crushed because of our sins;
he endured punishment that made us well;
because of his wounds we have been healed. (Isaiah 53: 5 NET)
Disfigured and ugly because of our sin,
He bore hell’s full rage, as we lashed out at him.
Jesus laid down his rights, as Creator and King—
Because he so loved us, he said not a thing.
Bleeding and mangled, just took up the cross,
While loudly we mocked him; it should have been us.
But we in rebellion and arrogant pride
Spit in his face–and our guilt we denied.
Our sin was not simply a slip or mistake,
We made it a habit to lie and to hate.
We earned all the judgment of death and of hell.
Yet, Jesus was wounded so we could get well.
Yes, Jesus was wounded; he stood in our place
And felt the rejection when God’s turned his face.
My mind cannot fathom such love and such grace.
He cleansed me from shame and my guilt he erased.
What can I offer him? What can I give?
He suffered in agony that I might live
Devotion and gratitude–all that I am.
Jesus is worthy—the Glorified Lamb.
Jane Ault 3/25/2018
The truth and wisdom of your words brought tears to my eyes. You reached the core of the truth of Good Friday and what Jesus did for us. How little we deserve His love and His gift! How much we owe!
Thank you for your comment, Debbie. It was through tears that I wrote the poem. Until I see him, I don’t know if I will ever completely comprehend the depth of Jesus’love-gift!
So beautifully said, Jane. I cannot fathom either such grace and love, and oh my in my arrogant pride I have as well spit in his face too. I am so thankful for his cleansing. I always want to remain in his love and devote all of me to him.
Ruth, I deeply appreciate your humility, honesty, and heart of devotion to Jesus. Thank you for your comment.
Thank you for the reminder Jane, that the most we can give in return for His indescribable gift is ourselves, for His Glory.
By His stripes, we are healed.
Yes, Donna, to live for His Glory is the only worthy response to Jesus’ love.
This is so true and beautifully written. I’m reflecting on God’s love and grace. Both are so incredibly powerful it’s hard to fully comprehend, but his action on the cross in our place, wow, that’s how much he loves us. Thank you.
Courtney, I’m encouraged that God spoke to your heart through my Good Friday meditation. Thank you for letting me know.