A friend of mine who has recently started attending church again, after a handful of years when she stepped away from church had told me that her son was having a hard time understanding why everyone would celebrate Jesus’ death when it’s something so sad.
Through the eyes of a 7 year old who is stepping into the idea of Jesus for the first time, yeah that sure does sound scary! Although this question through little eyes is a gruesome one when taken for what it is at face value, it’s also a chilling remind of how great God’s love for us is.
I know that I often take for granted the magnitude of what Jesus endured physically for us but also mentally in the moment of His crucifixion and also days leading up to it knowing His time was coming to an end. The blessing and the curse of our life is that we do not know when our last breath is going to be, but Jesus knew.
I’ve been speaking for the last 3 weeks to our high school students at church on Apologetics and last night I spoke about the evidence for the resurrection. I am planning to go into more detail on a separate post. Whether people believe that Jesus was the Messiah, one thing that Christians, Jews and Skeptics all simultaneously agree on is that Jesus was real and that He was crucified. It is a historical fact.
A question I presented to the high school students was, ‘The disciples lived a life of torture, starvation, just sickeningly cruel things had been done to them because they believed that Jesus was who He said He was. They stood up for Jesus. Could you do it?’ My answer; I want to say yes. I really want to say yes, I would! But would I? Most of the responses from the students last night echoed the same.
But Jesus went through all of that and then some because of love.
It takes time to explain to a young mind why something so awful should be celebrated but in time, the goal is to help them understand that Jesus is the definition of love. His love for us is so great that He is willing to give up His own life, even through torture, so that we could have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). And it’s not a celebration, it’s a posture of praise and worship because we didn’t deserve it. We ought to be on our knees daily (fyi – I’m not, but should!) thanking Jesus for giving up His life for us. I mess up A LOT! All day, every day but I’m so abundantly blessed by a Father who gives me crazy amounts of love and grace through it all. I can’t name one human who has done that for me in my life, can you?