Good Friday readings

Scripture: Psalm 22

22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises [1] of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet [2]
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued [3] me from the horns of the wild oxen!

22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted [4] shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.

Scripture: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions

13Behold,(A) my servant shall act wisely;[a]
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
14As many were astonished at you—
(B) his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
15so(C) shall he sprinkle[b] many nations;
(D) kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
(E) for that which has not been told them they see,
and that which they have not heard they understand.

Isaiah 53

1(F) Who has believed what he has heard from us?[c]
And to whom has(G) the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2For he grew up before him like a young plant,
(H) and like a root out of dry ground;
(I) he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3(J) He was despised and rejected[d] by men;
a man of sorrows,[e] and acquainted with[f] grief;[g]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[h]
he was despised, and(K)we esteemed him not.

4(L) Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
(M) smitten by God, and afflicted.
5(N) But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
(O) and with his stripes we are healed.
6(P) All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
(Q) and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
(R) yet he opened not his mouth;
(S) like a(T) lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation,(U) who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9And they made his grave with the wicked
(V) and with a rich man in his death,
although(W) he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10Yet(X) it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
he has put him to grief;[i]
(Y) when his soul makes[j] an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
(Z) the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[k] and be satisfied;by his knowledge shall(AA) the righteous one, my servant,
(AB) make many to be accounted righteous,
(AC) and he shall bear their iniquities.
12(AD) Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,[l]
(AE) and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,[m]
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
(AF) yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Scripture: John 19:28-30

28 After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

“It is finished” (John 19:30).

Christ offered himself without blemish to God and he put away sin by the sacrifice of himself (see Hebrews 9:24-26).

“O death, where is thy victory?  O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:55-57)

April 22, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art, Faith.

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