At the time of this post, it is precisely 9:00 a.m. on Good Friday.
Good Friday is the day of the year on which we celebrate, mark that - celebrate - Christ's torturous death on the cross. On this day, at this time, Jesus Christ's bloody body was nailed to a cross and left to hang there until 3:00 p.m., when He finally gave up His spirit.
6 agonizing hours. But why? God answers that question in Isaiah 53:10, which says (emphasis mine):
But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
God the Father was pleased to crush Jesus! The reason He did this is for YOUR sake and MINE! Our sin is a debt that we simply are unable to pay on our own. Instead, God took His wrath out on Jesus (and was pleased to do so).
The only thing He requires is true faith in Him (resulting in obedience to your Lord). Don't let this Good Friday and Easter pass you by without contemplating how these things affect YOU. Feel free to contact me with any questions and I will do my best to help out.