Why Did Jesus Choose the Cross?

Here is interesting article on the reason Jesus died for us.

On Easter we must not forget Good Friday. On Easter we must not forget that between Good Friday and Easter Jesus’ body lay in a tomb, bloody, and beaten. He would have been an ugly sight.

Death is ugly, and Jesus had taken our sins upon Himself. Jesus was dead in our trespasses and sins.

We must not forget that because we are sinners we each need the redemption Jesus offers us.

We must remember the reason for our hope and our joy. Jesus loves us.

Happy Easter!

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The reason he died a bloody, horrible death.

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The Crucifixion has been a problem from the beginning—from devout religionists (Jews and Gentiles) who found the idea of a crucified messiah scandalous, to fans of the late Christopher Hitchens, who said, “I find something repulsive about the idea of vicarious redemption.” Whether it’s the bloody method of death or the theological meaning of the Atonement, even Christians are tempted to give the Crucifixion its due and move briskly to talk about the hope of the Resurrection. It is so much more life affirming!

Not so fast, says Fleming Rutledge. A retired Episcopal priest who spent 22 years in local church ministry, Rutledge is recognized as an outstanding preacher and a teacher of other preachers. She’s also a theologian, as her latest work attests.

The book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ (Eerdmans)…

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2 thoughts on “Why Did Jesus Choose the Cross?

  1. Jesus choose the cross for God’s Glory. Lk 22:42 (KJV) Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. To claim it is exclusively for our salvation put’s the focus on us and not God. I for one am not willing to go there and then stand before God 2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

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    1. @Mike Poirier

      Thank you for your comment.

      John 3:16 offers a fairly straightforward statement on this matter. John 3 also explains the importance of being born again. Nevertheless, I agree Jesus chose to die on a cross for the glory of His Father. It is strange how Jesus put it in John 17. He prayed as if He had already died on the cross.

      Why did Jesus die on a cross? How did His death on a Roman crucifix glorify the Father? It is a bewildering thought. What importance have we? Compare our little world with galaxies and galaxies, or as the late Carl Sagan once put it “100 Billion Galaxies each W/100 Billion Stars.” Why does God care?

      Sagan said: “We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.” He should have stopped with his first observation, with his discernment of our insignificance. We only matter because God cares about us. Otherwise, there will come a day, and there will be nothing left to indicate we ever were here, not even an inscription by Kilroy.

      The Trinity offers many strange conundrums. Jesus died at the direction of the Father for the glory of the Father. Yet He sits at the right-hand of God as our intercessor, shielding those who murdered Him. We are ourselves commanded to love God above all else, and, still, we sin, and He forgives.

      Fortunately, for those who believe in Christ, the judgement of which you speak is not the same as that reserved for those who choose not to believe, for those who sin without regret or remorse. Why? Who truly knows the mind of God?

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