Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Jesus told his disciples, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father." Then, what are we to see about the Father when we see Jesus beaten and nailed to a tree? I asked this question to some folk, and here are a few of the replies I received:
We are to see that the Father "so loved the world He gave his only begotten Son so that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Do you think that God would have been beaten himself and crucified if He thought it would have done mankind any good?
If we are to go by what Jesus did, we have to answer yes. But that sounds strange, doesn't it? Still, the love that moved Jesus came from the Father, not from Jesus.
But maybe he thought having his only child beaten and crucified would be the best way to reach us.
Boy this really makes me love my God more.
Yes it does.
I was thinking that this also showed us the humbleness of God. The love he has for His people to give His Son to be beaten and killed and treated the way he was had to be more than any parent could stand back and watch a child endure. It would be much easier to take the place of the one on the tree than to be the parent of the tortured one. I am sitting here now trying to imagine that kind of love, and I don't know if we as humans can. I do know that I love my family in Christ that God has given me with all my heart and soul and being, and I am thankful for them, and for you Pastor John.
Love to all,