Mystery surrounds this week like no other. Why did Jesus, the Son of God have to suffer? Have to die? Could not God have done it another way? That is my 20th century humanity talking. Let’s try the easy way out.
Jesus lived in a time when cultures understood atonement for sin, for wrong doing. We would describe it more this day and age- as punishment for a crime – a jail time sentence, a fine, a good behaviour bond, even a death sentence.
Because of the original Sin (the crime) done long ago that is upon each and every one of us, the only atonement that would restore the relationship with God Our Father would be if His Son Jesus stood in for each of us and was punished and put to death.
Because of God’s LOVE for us and His desire to restore our relationship with Him so much, He was willing to put a death sentence upon His Son. He was willing to “crush Him and cause Him to suffer”
A gleam of light is seen by Jesus explaining His mission to His disciples.
“The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give His Life as a ransom for many”. Mark 10:45.
He substituted Himself for the many – for ALL- even for those who acknowledged Him or not.
We see it in most of the superhero Movies. The possibility of the destruction of the Superheroes for all the people on Earth. To save them, Captain America, Ironman, Thor etc go out willing to die for the cause. This is only make-believe, Hollywood, but this truly did occur 2000 years ago.
The Holy Eternal Son took upon Himself to take on the flesh of a servant, to Save us. The Lord Himself elected to bear our burden. The Lord sent Himself to die on our behalf.
In John’s gospel we are taught everything that comes from the Son comes from the Father and so His dying on the Cross shows us the goodness of God because it demonstrates that ‘our salvation is dearer to Him than His own Life.’ Oh WOW!
That’s how much Our God loves us.
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. My Salvation is dearer to You than your own life! Wow! I thank you and give my life to you as you have given yours up for me and for all of humanity. May I live in the victory of your resurrection and live the life that you have created me for. Amen.