April 22, 2020
“And he said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?’”
I love Jesus’ choice of words here: “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things…” Was it not right, was it not proper, was it not needed that events unfold like this?
Necessity is an interesting concept. Many things are “necessary” in our lives: Paying bills is necessary to maintain our lifestyles. Gas is necessary for our cars to run. Breathing is necessary just to stay alive. If we want our cars to go, if we want to keep on living, these things are simply not optional.
Jesus applies this same idea to his crucifixion. It was necessary. I never think of His crucifixion like that; I always think about how good it was of God’s to do this. I think of His amazing love, His generosity, and His willingness to die on our behalf (and yes, those things are all true). But Jesus implies more here. Jesus implies that from God’s perspective, it wasn’t just because he wanted to help. It was necessary. That’s how much we mean to God.
My four-month old grandson lay in my lap last night, never taking his eyes off mine. I love him so, so much, even if he contributes absolutely nothing to the family yet. And I realized, if he was in desperate need, if his life were truly at risk, I would do whatever it took to save him, even give my own life.
And if you asked me why I did so, I’d reply, “It’s more than just because I love him. It’s more than he’s part of my family. I HAD to help, it wasn’t optional…”
“…It was necessary.”
Written by Brooks Carlson