Just suppose that God became incarnate and grew up to become the greatest teacher of Divine wisdom the world has ever seen, as would be appropriate for the Son of God. Just suppose that his every word was recorded for all time in incorruptible form, without error, and was passed down through the ages without misinterpretations to enlighten all the generations of men born thereafter.
Just suppose that after a long lifetime of teaching and good works and countless miracles to prove his provenance, Jesus just died of old age and was buried in the most magnificent tomb which became the supreme place of pilgrimage for all human beings until the end of time.
Wouldn’t that have been a much neater solution to the problem of fallen mankind needing salvation from his sins, and hope of eternal life? Much less of a bloody mess. Less disturbing to keep in mind. Feel-good warm glow all round.
Well, I hope that anyone reading this can see that the correct answer to this question is:
The reason for Christ’s bloody torture and mutilation unto death is because sin and its cost is real, terrible and infinite. That cost must be met or the Book of Life will not balance. Sinful creatures cannot enter Heaven as anti-matter cannot exist amongst matter.
Who can settle an infinite debt other than infinite God Himself. We all know the pain of indebtedness, and the hungry gnawing feeling it gives us. Imagine that feeling lasting for eternity. That is what Hell feels like.
So why should God repay our debts? Surely it would be less trouble for Him to write off the debt and dispose of us, His wayward creatures, as broken playthings. That is what we would do.
Now this is the clincher: God values us too highly to write us off. He makes us in His own image and loves us as His children!
We do not deserve such a merciful Father. We are unworthy to receive Him under our roof, but come He does, and makes everything very well indeed, at great cost and suffering to Himself.
During your Good Friday fast, give a thought to how small your personal sacrifice is compared to His, and rejoice at His generosity.