Jesus is God, but while on earth he was and remains human. He knows what you go through and he did not just accidentally end up on that cross!
To some people this question may seem stupid; others pity the poor man who suffered such a horrible death. Christians seem to know and understand why that happened and why He had to die like that. But is there a deeper story behind the whole thing? Let’s find out why Jesus ended up on the cross.
The end was seen from the beginning.
Who is Jesus? You may say: He is God; He is the Son of God, He is the Messiah. And you are right. He is! But often time we forget one key thing: Jesus is a human! He is just like us. He came and put on the human flesh to become just like us. He completely understands any human experience, but sin.
What if we start here? What if we look at His death on the cross from the human perspective? Is there a lesson for us to learn there? Yes, and the very powerful one! None of us dream of ending up on the cross. Neither did Jesus. Nevertheless, his life from its very beginning led to such an end.
All he did in life contributed to such ending. Surely, he knew his mission, as God and it may not be hard for God to do something like that. But he also knew his mission as a human. Just imagine living and knowing all the way how you will end this life and how you will die on that cross.
Still, as a human being he made conscious decisions to do just that. Every time he preached, every time he healed or helped people, every time he revealed the truth, he knew he made one more step closer to that cross! The cross and Easter is just an event for us, but it was a PROCESS for the human named Jesus.
It’s just one day of Passover for us, but it was 33 years of life for him! And willingly he made choices to lead him there – every day! Was it hard on him? I cannot even imagine it, but what lesson does human Jesus teaches us?
The lesson Jesus teaches us as a man, not God:
Well, sometimes things happen in life and most of us tend to believe they are just accidents! We say: I never saw that coming! Is that truly so? Well, our end can be seen from the beginning. Every choice we make in life take us one step closer to the end and DETERMINE what that end would be like.
Most of us choose to live in blissful ignorance of this fact. We make choices and never believe they shape and form our lives and destinies. Jesus knew the way. He said that he knew where he came from and where he was going to. Our lives are connected. All you say, choose or do from the very first days lead you to that end. And you are the one who has the power to determine what it would be. You may strife for glory or die in disgrace.
The conscious choices are not easy to make! Jesus knew it, he lived it. I intentionally wrote “he” not using the capital to highlight the truth: Jesus was 100 human. He understands you, he can stand by you through thick and thin. And he inspires you to make the right choices and to shape your life into something worth living!
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