Isaiah 50: 6-9
I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced… It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
This image shows a man who has been physically hit and mistreated, insulted and spit on. What do you think about when you look at this face?
Who do you think our image is of and why do you think he has been deeply bruised?
The first half of this passage from the Old Testament prophecies exactly what happens to Jesus many centuries later—on Good Friday, the day that Jesus dies. The Old Testament is FULL of connections to the New Testament, share this fun detail with your StoryMakers.
Think about, why the speaker says that he has not been disgraced, when he has been hit, insulted, and spit on? And why does he say that nobody will declare him guilty when he was ordered to death as a guilty man? That is right Jesus was blameless and NEVER sinned?
As we wait for Easter, consider with your StoryMakers why Jesus, a guiltless man experienced death? Remind your StoryMakers that our sin, our choices have ripple effects. Since the time of Adam and Eve humanity has experienced the imperfect world, a place where people think of themselves first, live in fear, and attempt to be in charge ALL the time.
Good Friday reminds us that we need a perfert savior, one that is able to go to God on our behalf and conquer death itself. Remember on this Good Friday that God is at work, in the midst of death and sadness that sin has brought into our world.