The more I learn about the gospel, the more I have a hard time in rejoicing in the cross.
Let me explain.
One of the reasons Jesus going on the cross during Passover is significant is because it mirrors the original Passover in Egypt. In Exodus 12, God tells Moses and Aaron to tell the people what is necessary to do in order to spare their first born from the tenth plague. It involves keeping a little lamb in their house for 18 days, then killing it and spreading the blood over the doorposts.
Now do you think the people were like “Oh boy! Time to kill this cute little lamb that we have grown attached to!” I don’t think so. So as I considered this, I asked myself, “Why do I get so excited about Jesus dying on the cross?”
Sure he died for all of our sins, and I am truly thankful for that. But when I think of Jesus on the cross and I think about the man that he was and I think about the fact that he is my God, how can I be joyful when I think about him dying on the cross? The more I think about it, the more emotional I get about it. My sin was a contributing factor to Jesus going up there. He died for me, because of what I did. Where is the joy in that?
Instead, the more I learn about the gospel, the more my joy comes from the empty tomb. The fact that Jesus, my God, didn’t stay dead is the source of my joy!
So what about you reader? Do you treat Jesus as simply a theological object that keeps you from going to hell? Or do you value the God-man, and the relationship that he offers?