As I’m getting close to the end of the fascinating novel “The Shack” I’m collecting some thoughts about Jesus. These ideas were kind-of kicked off by the book. For the most part, they aren’t directly out of the book. It doesn’t say too much about the old testament and these realizations are mostly rooted in the old testament.
My first thought is that God doesn’t ask us to do anything that He wouldn’t first do himself.
He asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son. He asked the Hebrews to turn over all the first borns. But he gave Isaac a bail-out. He told the Hebrews how to exempt their own first borns.
But he didn’t exempt Jesus. I’d go so far as to say that it was because of Jesus that Abraham didn’t have to sacrifice his son; because of Jesus the Hebrews were able to spare their own first-borns.
Before I was a Christian, I used to think that God didn’t have the right to ask us of things, that he was so totally other that he couldn’t possibly truly know what it’s like to be human. When I became a Christian, I got it that Jesus experienced it first hand.
God the father subjecting Himself to the most horrifying expectation of the whole of the bible: the sacrifice of his son. If he was willing and able to do this, what wouldn’t he do?