I knew I shouldn’t have done it. I understood the implications but I did it anyway. Cutting the lawn at my son’s home, I was using a hand held cordless trimmer to do the edges, I knew I shouldn’t have done it, but I used my left hand to remove cut grass as I continued onwards with the trimmer in my right hand. I am now wearing a plaster on my little finger, an emblem of a foolish act.

They knew they shouldn’t have done it. They understood the implications but did it anyway. The group who went to Doncaster races knew it was risky, some of them had already been tested for Covid-19. They went anyway and now Rhondda Cynon Taff is under a local lockdown, partly due to this foolish act.

He shouldn’t have done it. He understood the implications but he did it anyway. King David of Bible fame, the one who defeated Goliath, slept with someone else’s wife and made her pregnant.

He shouldn’t have done it. He understood the implications but he did it anyway. Instead of owning up to his mistake and suffering the just consequences, David plotted to have the woman’s husband killed in battle, a wanton act of murder on his part.

He shouldn’t have done it. He understood the implications but he did it anyway. Jesus … wait a minute! This doesn’t work. Jesus didn’t do anything wrong. I can’t point to a single failing. The Bible tells us that he “has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin.” (1) He understood the implications, so he didn’t do what he knew to be wrong. That makes him different from anyone else who has ever lived on earth.

Of course, he is different from anyone else. Jesus is God’s Son come down from heaven to live on earth as a man. He is the maker of heaven and earth who only had to speak to bring the whole of creation into existence. He came to earth to die for us. Please understand that point. He came to die for us, not to live for us. His purpose wasn’t to set an example for us to follow, although he certainly did that. His purpose was to die, taking the punishment for our sins, so that we can be freed from them and made right with God.

He shouldn’t have done it. Well, yes he should. This was God’s remarkable plan of salvation, the only way by which sin can be forgiven. There is no alternative, so yes Jesus should have done it, but we will always wonder why he did it. What kind of love is this that he shows toward us?

He understood the implications but he did it anyway. This is an astounding truth about Jesus. He knew what it meant for him to come to earth. He fully understood that he would one day be crucified, that one day he would suffer the greatest agony imaginable, but he did it anyway.

This Jesus is amazing. He loves us and he chose to die for us. I choose not to go into the gory details of his death, but it was horrific to a point that is beyond our understanding. Why? Why do that for us? What’s so special about us? There’s nothing special about us at all, but he loves us and he decided that we were worth his sacrifice.

 

Bible Reference:

  • Hebrews 4:15