What’s the “Good” in Good Friday?

April 3, 2015

“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

If you want to know what is good about Good Friday this verse in Isaiah 53 will tell you.  This verse describes with great clarity the meaning of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross when it begins and ends with the same word: “all.”  The verse begins with what we might call “the bad news.”  Isaiah tells us that all of us are like little sheep and have gone astray.  We have turned, every single one of us, to our own way.  If you want to know the meaning of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, agree that you yourself are included in that first all.

The all with which this verse concludes is what we might call “the good news.” Isaiah ends this verse by telling us that the penalty for all the things we have done after turning to our own way has been laid on Him (meaning Jesus).  I don’t know about you, but for me that is very, very good news!  If you and I will confess that we are included in the first and the last all in this great Gospel verse then we know what we need to know and we have done all we need to do to turn our bad news into good news.  And we know what is good about Good Friday.

If you want to make this Friday of Holy Week a Good Friday, believe what Isaiah has written.

Dick Woodward, 02 April 2010


Another Prescription for Forgiveness

September 28, 2012

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  (Isaiah 53: 6)

A police officer on a motorcycle noticed a large enclosed truck driven down Sixth Street in Los Angeles, California.  The driver stopped every few blocks, got out, and beat all around the sides of the truck with a large baseball bat.   After observing this for some time, the officer flashed his lights and ordered the driver to pull over.  The policeman said to the driver, “Mister, as far as I can tell, you’re not breaking the law.  But I just gotta’ know, what are you doing?”

The truck driver explained, “Officer, this truck here has a capacity of five thousand pounds.  But, you see, I’ve got six thousand pounds of canaries.  So, I gotta’ keep a thousand pounds of canaries up in the air all the time!”

Perhaps you are up in the air about what you must believe to know that your sins are forgiven.  Isaiah told us in the verse above that if we confess that we are included in the first and last all of his verse then our sins are forgiven.

As a seminar for baseball umpires concluded, an old veteran umpire  said, “The way I see it, some are balls and some are strikes, but they ain’t nothin ‘til we call ’em!”

I have just thrown you a strike.  I have shown you how to know your sins are forgiven.  But like the old umpire said, what I have shown you isn’t anything until you call it something.

What do you call this Good News from Isaiah?


A Beautiful Christmas Word

December 25, 2011

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”    (Isaiah 53:6)

This verse begins and ends with one of the most beautiful Christmas words in the Bible: the word “all.”  The first time the word is used in this great verse it gives us the bad news.  It tells us that all of us have gone astray and turned–every one of us–to our own way.   The great prophet Isaiah repeats himself for emphasis when he tells us that every one of us has turned to his or her own way. Do you believe you are included in the first “all” of this verse?

I don’t know about you but I don’t need a verse of Scripture to convince me that I’m included in the first “all” of this verse.  Only Santa Claus brings good things to good people on Christmas Day.  According to Isaiah, Christmas was when good things happened to bad people.

The good news of this Christmas word is the way Isaiah concludes his verse.  We are not ready for the good news until we are convinced of the bad news.  He tells us the good news that God has laid on His Son the iniquity or sins of us all!  Do you believe you are included in the last “all” of this great verse?

If you will meet yourself in the two “alls” of Isaiah you can receive, by faith, your greatest Christmas gift.  Paul described it this way:

“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”   (2Corinthians 5:21).

Merry Christmas to ALL!!