Good Friday……..

This is marvelous stuff I accidentally put together and then realized how wonderfully it worked! Down below is a kind of contemporary confirmation by the great C.S. Lewis of Isaiah 53, just below, and I understand that faithful Jews do not read or share it because it’s ‘so close’…..so clear.  So Jesus.

1 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 

3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 

4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

7 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 its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 

9He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 

11 After he has suffered, 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. 

12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,and he will divide the spoils with the strong,because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Yes, the Old Testament clearly showed who was coming in the New Testament, not only in Isaiah, of course….And here is what I think is an excellent explanation of WHY (by C.S. Lewis):

“Why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise and starting a sort of secret society to undermine the devil? Why is He not landing in force, invading it? Is it that He is not strong enough? Well, Christians think He is going to land in force; we do not know when. But we can guess why He is delaying. He wants to give us  the change of joining His side freely. . . When the author walks on to the stage the play is over (Z; I have always felt this but never put it in these utterly brilliant words) God is going to invade, alright; but what is the good of saying you are on His side then? . . .For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love (Z: for believers) or irresistible horror into every creature . . God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last for ever. We must take it or leave it.”

Take it.  It’s free.   God bless you all on this very Good Friday and always,

Z

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19 Responses to Good Friday……..

  1. Very well said.
    I signed up 30 years ago.
    For a “secret society”, we’re pretty much exposed, though. 🙂

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  2. bunkerville says:

    A blessed Good Friday to you Z….

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  3. One correction, Z: it’s Isaiah 53 (not Isaiah 54).

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  4. geeez2014 says:

    ARGH! Thanks, AOW, I didn’t check..relied on my crumbling memory 🙂 Thanks, I’ll change it now!

    Ed, when I read CS Lewis’ “When the author walks on to the stage the play is over” it almost made me shiver because for years, I’ve thought “When someone really DOES see Jesus again, God, etc….it WILL be over because then we will not need faith.” CS Lewis is SO articulate he put it SO WELL.

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  5. geeez2014 says:

    I wasn’t going to go OFF TOPIC on this day, but REALLY? Trump used “BULLSH**” again today in a rant against reactions to the Mueller Report, allowing leftwing media to say “President unleashes PROFANE RANT” in huge letters………………so easily avoided. SO BAD.

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  6. geeez2014 says:

    Now I have to wash my brain out and try to calm down for this weekend of what’s TRULY important……….

    And yes, by the way, I sometimes use that word without the asterisks (Smile) but I’m not president and I use it in private with people I know well…not often anymore, but I DO. And that’s not the point.

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  7. Mal says:

    B.S. BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL B.S., Z.
    Folks need to understand Trump is no Omar Bradley. He’s more of a George Patton.
    God moves in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?

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  8. Baysider says:

    I’m deeply moved by that quote – when the author walks onto the stage the play is over. Yes, a great tribute to God’s patience in allowing all to come who will.

    Wow – didn’t know the left was so sensitive to ‘bad language’ since they worked so hard to move it from the private to the public sphere. Don’t recall them fussing AT ALL over our mayor’s wholely unnecessary public profanity.

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  9. Z,
    Have blessed Good Friday. A question that makes for a tough answer: If God is good, why does He allow evil things to happen? Best answer I have is that God gave us free will and he allows us to make the decisions without interference. Is this a good answer?

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  10. geeez2014 says:

    Law and Order, i wish one of us did know the answer to that! Many say they do. I believe that “free will” is most of it, yes. Also, really good things often come from really bad things ….His plans, I guess. Why should a REALLY good person get very ill? I don’t know. Does that person get hospitalized and is he/she asked “How do you stay ‘up’ when you feel so ill?” by a nurse and that person response “I rely on God and it gives me peace…” And that nurse thinks. And considers. And comes to faith? I left a little devotional with a friend at the hospital and it disappeared…he told me didn’t know what happened to it. I’m hoping it went to a nurse or janitor or tech who got something from it, you know? We just don’t know.
    Or it’s all RUBBISH and bad things happen because there IS no God and there are days I’d vote for that….less and less days, but I have to admit………..!!!
    How’s THAT for an answer!?
    That’s a big question and some (including me) will try to respond to it here…but we do not know. We simply don’t know.

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  11. geeez2014 says:

    Law & Order…by the way…as I clicked POST COMMENT, it came immediately to my head that this is GOOD FRIDAY and SOMETHING REALLY REALLY BAD HAPPENED TO AN AWFULLY GOOD PERSON TODAY, right?
    Almost brought tears to my eyes just now……….HE SUFFERED SO SO BADLY! And he was the essence of GOOD. And look how many are saved forever because of it.
    geeeez….odd that came to me………or not odd.

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  12. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, ya! That quote really stopped me in my tracks because, as I said, I’ve often thought that if/when earth sees Jesus again, that’s IT. it’s over, the author bows from His stage……The End. !!

    Mal, I don’t have to understand anything like that…sorry. I will never understand how a grown man who isn’t 28 could use language like that when kids are listening, when he knows it’s crass. Let him be a general, then I wouldn’t care unless he, too, was on TV in front of kids, and adults…..not president.

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  13. geeez2014 says:

    Man found strolling thru St Patrick’s with a canister of gas….”I need to fill my car and this was the quickest way to it ..it’s parked in the back” Except car was full up when cops found it. He’s been arrested. (SURPRISE! not)

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  14. Z,
    Thanks for your reply. Well thought out. I’ve struggled with that question all my life. When someone asks it, I always feel my answer is inadequate. One side of me sees the free will answer as good enough for me. I think, what do people want from God? Do we have a right to demand an answer? The other side of me asks the question. It’s a tough thing to rely on faith.

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  15. Law and Order: If God kept every”good” person safe, and punished every evil person, He’d be tipping His hand so apparently that He might as well “walk on stage”.

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  16. geeez2014 says:

    Law and Order…FAITH is harder than NO FAITH, I agree with you.
    And, by the way, you don’t think I think MY answer is ‘adequate,’ do you? 🙂

    Ed, I think that’s a fascinating point….Yes, He might as well then walk on stage. Isn’t that stage line AMAZING?

    AND, both of you…TO SHOW HOW SWEET AND RELIGIOUS I AM ON THIS VERY HOLY GOOD FRIDAY NIGHT TO WHICH I’M GOING TO CHURCH IN A FEW MINUTES I NEED TO SAY SOMETHING ELSE;

    I CAN’T STAND MITT ROMNEY!

    (HA!!)

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  17. Baysider says:

    Some thoughts @ Law and Order: I like Greg Koukl’s excellent 4-minute discussion of the ‘problem of evil.’
    https://www.str.org/video/problem-evil#.XLqjA5NKj8w

    And to Ed’s excellent point I’d add that to have such clear and immediate ‘rewards’ as safety and punishment could bring us to God for the ‘wrong’ reasons – for what we could get out of Him (think about the implications of THAT in our lives).

    God foremost decided to create a world of genuinely free creatures. Had He then ‘made’ it so we had no freedom to be other than good it would be like trying to create a square circle. It’s one thing (freedom, or a square) or another (made only to be good, or a circle) — but not both.

    Moreover, how would we know good if there were no evil?

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  18. Z, Yes it was a good answer and is helpful. Ed and Baysider, Thank you for your thoughtful replies. They are very helpful in my struggle to understand faith. A tough assignment was made easier. Take care.

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  19. Baysider says:

    L&O, if you’re still around: I just read the words of Winston Churchill, in his wilderness years. “The glory of light cannot exist without its shadows.”

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