There is great power in our personal stories (Christians call this their testimony, but story fits just as well here).
I heard several after Mr. Kirk Dubois finished up announcements on Thursday. He invited students up to share how they ended up at Rhema.
Looking at my fellow classmates now, you would never know about their pasts. Coming to Christ radically changed their lives–and the lives of many of their family members as well.
Today is Good Friday. At 3 PM, Jesus died on the cross. He was falsely accused, mocked, and ridiculed. The events of His Crucifixion were foretold in the Old Testament and by Jesus Himself.
Isaiah 53 says:
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed (MSG).
What gets me in this passage is Jesus was “a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand”. The King James calls Jesus a Man of Sorrows.
Many people claim that no one understands their pain, their suffering.
First off, that’s simply not true. There are others (probably more than you realize) who can identify with you.
Secondly, Jesus knows your pain.
Blow by blow Jesus was beaten and all of His blood was shed.
Our sins are the reason Jesus willingly laid down His life.
As you observe Good Friday, maybe even for the first time, meditate on these truths.
Our stories were redeemed because of Jesus’ sacrifice.