15 April, Friday – Seeing the face of Jesus

Good Friday

Isa 52:13-53;12
Heb 4:14-16,5:7-9
Jn 18:1-19;42

“I am born for this”

We had a death in our extended family this past week. In moments like this, many pause to take stock of life. Re-live memories and good times with loved ones who have been called home, examine our own mortality and priorities. Often pondering our own passing, wondering what it will be like. Some fear it, others have made peace with it…

Good Friday is the day Christians all over the world are called to ponder over Jesus’ passing. A profound sadness and shame always envelopes me during Good Friday service — a lamb so pure, being led to slaughter. And why? All because of me and my sinful ways. “I am born for this,” Jesus said to Pilate; it felt like Him speaking to me personally — no drama, no grandeur, just a matter of fact.

As I search deeper into the meaning of our Lord’s Passion today, a sudden surge of calm and serenity covers me — He is in control, He always has and always will. Suddenly, all the little irritations and frustrations in life, the weariness, sadness, and worries, seem so insignificant next to His sacrifice and love!

Being human is to experience all facets of emotions and trials that come our way, and Jesus is telling me I don’t have to do it on my own. He is telling me he understands the difficulties and He is comforting me that He too, has suffered more than I can ever imagine.

Death no longer has a hold on us, for He has conquered death. “Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.”

(Today’s OXYGEN by Lorraine Wong)

Prayer: I cast my eyes and my cares on you, O Lord Jesus! Teach me your ways Lord, for you are the source of eternal salvation.

Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, thank you for the trials and tribulations, for in them we have seen the face of Jesus.


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