Apr 2, 2010
This is the Day
"This is the Day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
This is one of the most well-known verses from the Psalms. Have you ever read this verse deliberately in context with the previous two verses?
"The stone which the builders rejected [Jesus] has become the chief cornerstone [on which to build our spiritual foundation]. This was the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the Day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:22-24
The next verse opens with "Save now, I pray, O LORD..." which translated from Hebrew, this becomes "Hosanna!"
The thought of Good Friday can make a Christian very mournful.
"He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!" Phil 2:8
I mourn the fact that my God and Savior had to endure all this because of my sin.
Yes, He did.
But He didn't "have" to as much as He wanted to. He chose to. It was the only way we could be redeemed.
The Hebrews celebrated "this day" as the Day of Deliverance. This is the Day of Deliverance for us, too.
"...He said, 'It is finished!' And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit." John 19:30
This Good Friday represents the most difficult day in the life of our Lord Jesus. But it also represents the day that He stood in my place. This is the Day that the LORD has made...let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you were willing to pay a debt that you did not owe, because I owed a debt I could not pay. For this I will worship You alone forever.