The Depth of Jesus's Love - Why did Jesus die in such a brutal way?

"But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us." - Romans 5:8 (ERV)

In the P40 Ministries podcast, I have recently been discussing Jesus's death. In all honesty, I expected this to be an easy topic to discuss (sad, but easy.) Mainly because this topic was something I understood backwards and forwards. Since I had grown up in the church, I have been learning about Jesus's death since I was a kid in Sunday school. I understood it. I knew it. It should have been easy in my book.

Wow, was I wrong!

I never expected that this portion of Scripture would be the hardest I have had to talk about yet. (I expected Leviticus to be the hardest.) This journey through the book of Matthew has been quite a difficult one for me. I feel unqualified at times. I am unable to quite form into words everything Jesus experienced on the cross. The hours of suffering and torture He willingly went through... He could have easily performed a miracle and gotten Himself out of that horrible situation, but He chose to endure one of the most painful deaths that a person could experience!

For a while, I wondered why. Why crucifixion? Why would Jesus go through such a torturous death? Couldn't it have been an easier death that still accomplished the same purpose?

Halfway through, I came to a revelation:

Jesus went through a torturous death so that He could best show His love for humanity.

Imagine if Jesus would have had a quick, painless death. The people at that time would have believed that they were "doing Him a favor." Jesus would have been forgotten. His death would never have been remembered as a loving sacrifice. Thus, Jesus endured the most painful death one could out of love for the ones who were beating Him, mocking Him, and hanging Him on the tree.

I also realized that if I were in that crowd where Jesus was being abused, I would have gone along with the crowds. I would have been laying my fists on Jesus and nailing Him to the cross. I am not better than those people back then and it would be foolish of me to think that I am. I am not saying this to get sympathy. Far from it actually. I am so thankful for this revelation. By truly studying Jesus's death, I am beginning to understand Jesus's immense love for me even though I am no different than the people in His day.

Even though this has been a difficult part of the Bible for me to talk about, I am just barely starting to understand the tip of the iceberg of the depth of Jesus's love for all of humanity.

I would like to end this short post with a simple call to action: