He was pierced for our transgressions . . .
"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrow, stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. BUT HE WAS PIERCED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSION, HE WAS CRUSHED FOR OUR INIQUITIES; THE PUNISHMENT THAT BROUGHT US PEACE WAS UPON HIM AND BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53: 2b - 6
Yet, death was not the end. It was just the beginning. On the third day, He arose from the grave. JESUS IS ALIVE!
Happy Easter to all of you!
P.S. The photo is a bit dark, but I decided against lightening it any more since darkness fell over the land as Jesus hung on the cross. However, if you think I should lighten it a bit, please let me know. "It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, 'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.' When he said this, he breathed his last." Luke 23: 44-46