The Son of God came down into this world!
Have you ever gave serious thought to that?
I’ll say it again…………
The Son of God came into our world.
Such a singular, most amazing event EVER!
When I imagine how ugly his death was on the cross….I am profoundly moved.
Sadly today, it seems the world is moved more by bloody movies out of hollywood than they are by the way our savior was tortured and murdered.
Hollywood can’t seem to sell a movie without depicting the violence of death and we can’t get to heaven without the violence of our saviors’s death……
Is the world really so wonderful that it has to invent violence or is it so lost that it has to invent heroes; heroes that are beaten down so violently and then, against all odds, manage to rise up again (and again, and again?)
Jesus, our Lord and Savior, was beaten down by the ugliness of the cross, the violence of man……only to rise up victorious. The big difference between God’s plan of redemption and hollywood’s box office idea of a hero….
is that Jesus only had to die once.
There will be no sequels!
Back when I couldn’t wait to join the masses in the movie theaters to witness a violent movie….I always walked out feeling – well – violent.
Now, when I imagine the ugliness and violence of Jesus’s death, I am left with only a sadness that it had to happen for my sake, and what moves me even more than that….is when I consider that Jesus CHOSE to die on the cross and that his death was only temporary.
The great, merciful effort by God to reach down to save us is overshadowed by only one other event in the history of our world……
Our savior was rejected and killed.
The only one who could possibly save us was murdered!
The very world that God created killed his own son.
How is that for the worst case of irony that ever was?
I don’t know what you think of that…but to me, it’s kind of like a paramedic arriving to save a dying person at an accident……only to be shot and killed by the one he is attempting to save.
Have you ever attempted to save a drowning person? You most likely had to fight to keep from being drowned by that person, am I right? It is the very nature and ugliness of drowning…that a person struggling in the water is struggling in so much fear, that they nearly drown their rescuer. Yet, being aware of that, you probably also knew that struggling person would possibly drown if someone didn’t help them. So, you were willing to jump in and risk harm to yourself because you knew that person meant no harm to you, right?
Okay, more irony here…..but this irony makes me want to dance and sing….
Despite what the world could do to him……Jesus still gained the ultimate victory and now wears the victor’s crown!
Because Jesus was willing to die for us…we get to share in his victory over death!
Our God sent his own son so that we might be saved….that is how important it was to God that we be saved unto him!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus was willing to suffer the pain of sin – even if he was just dying for my sin alone - that would be painful enough no doubt…………
but Jesus suffered the sins of ALL THE WORLD!
1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
The one thing that makes this day bearable each year, what makes this truly “Good Friday,” is that we have the benefit of hind sight. We know that he was only dead for 3 days and then was exalted as God lifted him from the grave.
But it’s not like the people that had to witness the death of Jesus didn’t also know that…after all they were told of what was going to happen:
Luke 24:6-7 6 ~ “He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 ~ “Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
God used the ugliness of the cross to be an instrument of his mercy and grace…..
Jesus paid it all!