I started wondering the other day, what is so special about Jesus’ death? What makes it so…so amazing? What makes it so moving? I was thinking (probably a doubt put in by Satan), why is Jesus’ death so amazing? Am I the only one who would die to save my sister’s life?
I wrestled with this for several days, knowing quite well that there had to be something spectacular, something amazing, something that I had missed. I prayed over it, scared about the seed of doubt that was creeping its way through my heart and faith.
And then, while listening to Eric Ludy’s session on ‘Forgiviness’ (I’ll write about it later), it hit me.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
While we were still sinners, what did we think of Christ?
We hated Him!! We hated the Light, we hated the Father, we hated Jesus, and we hated salvation. In order to get ‘redeemed’, you had to be a Jew and follow all of the rules that were getting mistreated from the Old Testament.
We hated Him and He died for us!!
He took a cross, He took nails as big as railroad ties, had them pounded into His wrists, and died, for us, while we hated Him!!!
“and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”
Think about it for a minute.
There’s a person that walks up to Jesus, grinned jeeringly at the beaten and loving face. They picked up the crown, flinching a little as they poked their finger and drew blood on a thorn, and slammed it down on His head. They spit in His face and slapped Him as they turned away on their heel, showing Him their back. They walked along side, jeering and poking jokes, as the soldiers forced Him to carry His cross up to the Skull. When they got up there, they pounded the nails (railroad nail sized) into His wrists, smirking as He moaned in pain. They helped to put the cross in the hole and stood there with the rest of the crowd as they mocked the One who created them and came to save them.
Who is that?
That is me.
That is you.
That is everyone who ever sinned.
Think about it.