An Unlikely Ending:
I once asked myself why God chose such a terrible, humiliating death on a Cross as part of his final solution. After some thought, it occurred to me that Christ’s submission, even in the expectation of pain and suffering, and then his subsequent and complete victory were the perfect plan. No other religion has a crucified and risen Savior. No other religion achieves victory in the same way. If you believe that Christ was crucified, it impresses upon you the gravity of your sin and depth of God’s love for you. If you believe that Christ was raised from the dead, it is a life-changer. How can we not spend our life living daily in the light of that reality?
“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.” [A.W. Tozer]
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”
If we walk in darkness, we don’t know where we are going. If we walk in the light, then we enjoy the fellowship of the kingdom here on earth and hold the promise of eternal life after death. What a great promise! What a great God!