It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory.
Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family, saying, I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I’ll join them in worship and praise to you. Again, he puts himself in the same family circle when he says, Even I live by placing my trust in God. And yet again, I’m here with the children God gave me.
Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.
What a wonderful oxymoron.
Now this really shouldn’t be the case. We should be able to discern that if someone is offering us a word of suggestion or help and uses this terminology, then chances are its coming from a good intention. They truly are trying to be constructive.
The problem is that we’ve had an equal number of times when people have criticized us -at work, in families, in general - and it hasn’t come from this good intention.
They SAY constructive, but it’s the opposite. And it’s usually destructive to you, so it can be constructive for their feelings of self worth, which are probably lacking.
The most difficult part is when we take, or TRY to take, this criticism from someone outside the situation. Someone with no first hand knowledge, no experience, no background.
Why would you be expected to take construction advice from your dry cleaner, unless you knew that on the side he had a thriving contracting business.
Heck no, you wanna talk to a builder.
So why, if God was trying to rebuild a relationship with us through love and instruction and correction, would He do it from afar?
He knows our nature. He knows we would question it immediately. I mean, come on, some of us still question it ANYWAY.
Its only part of God’s strategy that involves correction and rebuking. Criticism. The much more important part for Him is the relationship. Us meeting with Him by finding a common place, a place of knowing that He loves us and He’s doing all things for our good.
What better way to do this than to put His word, His truth, His message - Himself - amongst us?
As one of us.
That’s Him telling us, “Here’s how much I want to know you. I’m gonna take all that I am and put in the body of my son, a man, to tell you. Now I know that there are going to be a great number of you who reject Him. They’re gonna kill Him, in fact.”
"But some of you WON’T reject Him. Some of you will get it. That will start the ball rolling. Then, just as I’ve shown my relationship to you, you can now go out and show it to others."
It’s a great plan.
Christ was divine. The perfect example of God’s love.
But He was also one of us.
Why wouldn’t we listen?