上帝的美意 Good Plan
“耶和华却定意将他压伤，使他受痛苦。耶和华以他为赎罪祭 。他必看见后裔，并且延长年日。耶和华所喜悦的事必在他手中亨通。” 以赛亚书 53:10
But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. I S A I A H 5 3 : 1 0
One of the most startling lines in the Bible is found in Isaiah 53:10. It says that everything that happened to God’s “Suffering Servant”—all the crushing and grieving, the accusations and execution, the carrying of humanity’s sin and disdain—was all a part of the Lord’s “good plan” for his Son. How is someone—someone innocent, I might add—being betrayed, arrested, falsely accused, tortured, and executed a “good plan”? That certainly sounds like a very bad idea, right?
The “good” in the plan, however, is the key. God created everything “good,” but because death was brought to creation through sin, Jesus took it all upon himself through the cross so that he could offer forgiveness and new life. In other words, God’s rescue blueprint called for the terrible things that happened to Jesus in order to restore “good” to this earth. As a result of what Jesus did, the day of crucifixion became known as “Good Friday,” and the day of resurrection would prove victory over death.
Jesus, your idea of “good” is so much better than mine. Thank you for being so good. Amen.
On a piece of paper, brainstorm all that is “good” that Jesus offers through the cross. Which of these things would be life changing for someone you know?