He Went Willingly!

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people…” (1 Timothy 2:5-6 ESV)

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When I think of Christ through the lens of His humanity, I am just in awe and utter disbelief of the sacrifice He was willing to make for all of us!  Christ is fully God and fully Man but it is the Man I love so very much, the Man I cling tightly to for His grace and for His mercy, the Man I scream out for in my earthly discomfort and grief for it was the Man who walked among us, who loved, who thirst, who wept, and who suffered rejection and pain.   It was the Man who was tempted and yet remained sinless through His temptation.  He could have come into this world as a King, yet He came as a suffering servant and became the ransom for all who believe and call upon His name. I cannot imagine the torment and the suffering He endured so that I may be reconciled to the Father and have peace, comfort, and everlasting life… and He went willingly to the Cross….He went willingly…

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15: 13 ESV)

As we celebrate Easter, take a moment to think of His crucifixion and the horrific and tragic end of His earthly life.  But that was truly only the beginning for us…for there would not have been a resurrection without a crucifixion…There are so many similarities between non-believers and believers. We all walk together through this broken and fallen world but for me…I know this simple fact without doubt….. I would rather walk in darkness with Christ then to walk in the daylight without Him.

“They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.  They put a staff in his right hand.  Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.  They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.”  (Matthew 27: 28-30 ESV)

We are all human beings…we are all sinners…we are all living in and trying desperately to navigate through a broken and fallen world…we are all made in the image of God…We are all greatly loved by our Heavenly Father… and I realize in all our similarities, as I quickly and humbly remind myself of Christ praying on the Mount of Olives, trying to imagine and conceptualize His blood-stained sweat seeping from every pore as He knelt there in prayer in tremendous agony and despair of the impending torture and crucifixion awaiting Him, that He willingly sacrificed His life so that all of us may live!  He went to the Cross willingly…He went willingly.  The only difference standing between a non-believer and a believer is as a believer, I have accepted the greatest gift to all of humanity and you may have only yet to receive.

He is risen!

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Do you have a friend who is willing to lay down His life for you?  Who do you call out to in times of stress, uncertainty, or defeat?  Is someone there beside you holding your hand in your darkest and weakest despair? 

“For love of you, I left my Father’s side…

I came to you, who ran from me…

Who fled me, who did not want to hear my name.

For love of you, I was covered in spit…

Punched and beaten…

And fixed to the wood of the Cross.”

—Brennan Manning

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