“I can’t believe in Christianity! If Jesus was God, how could He suffer and die like an ordinary man? Why did it have to happen this way?”
I was attending a seminar given by a well-known evangelist and apologist for the Christian faith. This young man was vexed by the claims of Jesus Christ and he vehemently objected to one of the fundamental tenets of Christianity. How could God suffer and die a humiliating death?
His question resonated with me because I wrestled with a similar question when I was searching for reasons to believe in God. It was absurd that an omnipotent God could become human. It was even more absurd that He could die and then be resurrected. But as I wrestled with these seeming incongruities, it struck me, if God is omnipotent, wouldn’t He be able to become a man, live a sinless life, die, and be resurrected? If Jesus did not live as a man, how would I ever know if a life following Him is worth it if He did not experience it Himself?
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)
Why did it have to happen this way? There was no other way for Jesus to prove that He could reconcile the rift that sin had torn between God and man. Jesus asks all of us, “Am I worthy to receive your love and trust?”
Yes, Lord Jesus.
Come quickly! Amen!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.