Monday Musing: On 1 Peter 3:18
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins…in the flesh” (1 Pt. 3:18)
It is a strange thing, to choose pain and suffering. If faced with the choice of saving one you love through snapping your fingers or spending hours in agony, which would you choose? Being one of those people who dislike pain, snapping my fingers would be the obvious choice in my mind. Unless I could be convinced that the seemingly pointless agony has its benefits, I would never choose it.
Yet we are faced with a situation in which God, the Creator of all Things, the Ageless One, the Author of Life, chose to feel pain and endure suffering to rescue us. God could have snapped his fingers or breathed a sigh and erased all that is and began anew. He could have, but didn’t. God chose instead to live and die as a human. He didn’t have to, but he did. The question that comes to mind, is why?
To rescue the ones he dearly loved, God made an impossible choice and laid aside his glory to take up the mantle of dust. God incarnate, the Almighty robed in flesh. Why? It would have been far easier and more convenient to whisper a command and wipe out evil with a short breath. It makes no logical sense for God to become a man to rescue mankind. No more than it would make sense to choose suffering over snapping your fingers.
Love is not logical. It transcends methodical existence and breaths meaning into the lethargic. Our mind cannot comprehend God’s ways, so our intellect cannot find logic in His life and death. But though our mind cannot grasp it, our heart cries for it. Jesus did not come for logic, but for love. Love is not expressed in ease, but is demonstrated in hardship. What could be harder than for The Creator to become a creation, the Ageless to become an infant, and the Author of Life to become a death sacrifice?
When it comes down to it, would you rather have a God who snaps His fingers for you or one who sheds His blood?