“What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position ‘a little lower than the angels’; and because he suffered death for us, he is now ‘crowned with glory and honor.’ Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9, NLT).

Cross & Clouds

Cross & Clouds (Photo credit: John H Wright Photo)

Some wonder if the death of Jesus happened because God was into child sacrifice. Or they think God’s anger was so out of control the only thing that would appease him was death for everyone, so Jesus, being the kindhearted, more loving member of the Trinity, volunteered to take the rap. How could a loving father require the death of his son, just to make himself feel better? But of course, God isn’t like that.

It wasn’t anger, revenge or the need for appeasement but rather the love, mercy and grace of God that motivated and put into action God’s plan of redemption for the human race. Jesus, who was God and was with God and already existed from the beginning with God (John 1), came to earth as a human being, lived as one of us, lay down his own life and tasted death for us all because of grace. Instead of putting up his hands as if to say calm down, dad, Father, Son and Holy Spirit linked hands and together, in love, did what only love and grace can do—free us from sin and death and give us life with him, forever.

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