Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
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.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
- Isaiah 53:4-10
What kind of twisted people celebrate the gruesome death of the Savior they worship? Christians. The scandal of the cross is that which was horrible and disgusting in the death of Jesus is our good news. It's our Gospel: that Jesus lived, died, was buried, and resurrected.
As we have read through the various Gospel accounts of the crucifixion, with us wrapping up today with Luke 23, we have seen the words of the prophet Isaiah unfold before us. "He was pierced for our transgressions...upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace...like a sheep that before its shearers is silent...the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand."
Good Friday is good news because Jesus willingly bore the punishment for our sin. He innocently lived and was falsely accused in being sent to the cross. He humbly submitted to the will of the Father. He saved through sacrifice. He lead through service. He died so that we might live. This is the beauty of the Gospel.
Today, think of Jesus.