"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: