For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. Hebrews 2:18 (NASB)
Jesus didn’t just die for our sins – He suffered what we should have suffered. That means that to wipe my slate clean, to forever erase the otherwise indelible stain of my sin, more than death was required. Part of the payment was soul-shredding pain, grief, and sorrow to a degree we cannot fathom.
In my humanness, I cannot imagine so much as willingly accepting responsibility for someone else’s parking ticket, let alone being put on death row for someone else’s crime.
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. Romans 5:7
How could anyone be so good? Love like that is incomprehensible to me.
Heavenly Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, I am in awe of You.