The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:40 PM EST
He was innocent and yet he was crucified with two criminals. At those men's worst hour, when they were being killed in the worst way possible and they absolutely deserved it for their crimes, Jesus was right there going through death with them and he told the one that believed in him "today, you will be with me in paradise." Our God is well acquainted with our tragedy and grief and if he went through the most excruciating death possible to save criminals and sinners like us, then it certainly applies to those precious little children in Sandy Hook Elementary.
Jesus did not come to rescue us from dying, but he came to rescue us from the eternity that is after death and He went through death for us to secure a way.
Who was the Son of God when he was on earth? Isaiah 53 says, "He had no beauty that we should desire him ... He was despised and rejected; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief ... He was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities ... led like a lamb to the slaughter ... cut off from the land of the living ... they made his grave with the wicked ... He poured out his soul unto death ... yet He bore the sins of many."
Our God is well aquatinted with tragic death and grief, to the point that he experienced it himself so that we could have eternal life. Jesus rose from the dead and conquered death so that those children, though they could not stop their own death, they could have eternal life with the loving God.
Instead of trying to find a way to fit my loving God into tragic and unspeakable death, I will take it a step further and tell you that the love of God cannot be seen or comprehended outside of death, for in Jesus, it is the way to eternal life with God.
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