why did He die?

About a year ago, a friend of mine had a thought which she proceeded to email to my leadership team.
These were her thoughts…
you know what I was just thinking…
 
Why did Jesus have to die on a cross? Crucifixion was one if not the most painful and shameful way to die.  Why couldn’t He just waited until a time period when death by hangings were used or a beheading. Being stoned to death or burned at the stake might have even been less painful. Yet, God choose to sacrifice His Son in the fullness of time which meant the worst of punishments would be bestowed upon Him. I don’t think I can fathom that.

How true is it that we cannot possibly fathom the love that God had for us through His Son, Jesus, that He would choose the cross!
The Cross!
This bloody thing that was reserved for the worst of criminals… even Roman citizens would cringe at their worst sinners.
But Jesus took it, to do any less would be less then desirable by God.
Listen to Isaiah regarding the perfect sacrifice…
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring;
he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lor shall prosper his hand.
The Father willed for Jesus to be killed. It was His plan, His ordaining because of His love for us and desire for us to come to Him.
What a great gift that Christ endured great suffering so that we would be able to endure what we consider suffering, then be freed from it upon our fleshly death!

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