“None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” I Cor. 2:8 NIV
“No one takes it (my life) from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” John 10:18 NIV
“But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him.” Acts 2:23 NLT
“The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory … raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.” Eph. 1:17, 20-21 KJV
Hallelujah, He is Risen!
Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, suffering… all took a very short time compared to eternity. Many men and women have undergone that much and more physical torture for their faith, their race, their allegiances.
Jesus’ payment for everyone’s crimes against God, everyone who has ever lived or ever will live, was not limited to physical pain and humiliation. The separation from his very immortal existence, his identity as creator of the universe, his being God – that spiritual punishment was required.
He created us. He loves us as a father loves his newborn baby, with ferocity. To rescue us from an eternity of separation and torment, he was willing to forsake and be forsaken by his own father and undergo that separation and torment himself.
No human being can begin to imagine the agony in that cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!”
For me. And for you. That is why.