In every action we take, there are consequences. God realized this, and when His One and Only Son asked twice to have the cup taken away from Him, God the Father refused. Was God the Father indifferent to Jesus’ cry for help, or His struggles, in Gethsemane and on the cross?
The answer is no. Let’s look at it from a different perspective.
Let’s say a man has a daughter. One day, the man takes his daughter to another man, who asks her to remove her clothes. He then pulls out a knife, and begins to cut deeply into her, which is quite painful, while her father looks on with curiosity. When he is done, both he and the father have big smiles on their faces, even though his daughter is in excruciating pain.
Most people, with just this information, would probably be outraged and desire to see that both men come to justice. The problem is, there isn’t enough background information to truly understand the situation. Now, let’s fill in the gaps:
A man whose daughter had a life-threatening tumor took her to see her doctor. The doctor told the man he would have to remove the tumor. Asking her to disrobe, he had her put on a gown. He then uncovered the area where he was going to make a surgical incision and applied antiseptic liquid. The anesthesiologist put the young girl to sleep. The doctor made the incision, successfully removed the tumor, and sewed her back up, while the father looked on with curiosity at the procedure. When the surgery was over, both the doctor and the father were thrilled that the tumor was successfully removed, and had big smiles on their faces. When the girl awoke, she was in excruciating pain from the surgery. She was then given pain pills, and over time, fully recovered with a scar that could barely be seen, with no residual pain from the surgery.
Without the entire picture, we can make incorrect judgements about what is going on. With regards to Jesus having to die on the cross, God the Father knew that His Son would do everything He asked Jesus to do perfectly. While there was the pain of loss and rejection for short while between Jesus and the Father when Jesus was crucified, God raised Him from the dead after three days, and Jesus took His rightful place at the right hand of the Father, reunited with Him once more.
God knew that if Jesus would not have done this, ALL human beings that God ever created would need to be sent to Hell. God the Father, knowing the end from the beginning, saw fit to allow this separation in relationship between Him and Jesus so that He could reconcile us. The cost of pain (just like the pain of the incision) was intense but short. And the outcome was life (just as when the tumor was removed from the little girl).
Should the girl’s father have let her die just because he couldn’t stand the thought of a painful incision into his daughter’s flesh to fix a life-threatening issue? He judged rightly that the temporary pain and suffering caused was greatly outweighed by the outcome of the situation.
In the same way, we have a life-threatening situation – spiritual death. God allowed His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer for a short while so we could have that life-threatening situation resolved. In that, there still was great mercy, grace, and love for Jesus – God raised Him from the dead! And the outcome far outweighed the pain and suffering caused by that brief – but very intense – pain, suffering, burden of sin, and separation from God the Father that Jesus bore on the cross.
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