Jesus had to die for us, but why did he have to be tortured to death? The penalty for sin is death, not torture. Yes, he was the Lamb of God, but when we look to the animal sacrifices Jesus replaced with his very life’s blood, the animals were killed swiftly and humanely. I’ve heard theologians’ various explanations why, but they contradict each other so all can’t be right. Psalm 22:14-18, Isaiah 52:14 and Isaiah 53:10-12 show what happened was prophesied. God’s thoughts are above our thoughts. Perhaps Jesus’ tortuous death was to relate to what his followers would and did experience throughout the ages. Our anxieties, our griefs and our sufferings are taken up and sanctified in his. Whatever the reason, I know his suffering was done out of love for us. That’s who Jesus is!
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Briefly Speaking is full of hope and encouragement--that's my goal. I'm a professional writer who promises you sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking comment on my life in horse country in north Texas and on what's happening in the world at large. View all posts by Sheila Graham