At Calvary!

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10).

Jehovah is a God of balance and justice. There is perfect harmony embedded in the ecosystems of His created world. The human body—specifically and intentionally designed by Him—thrives best when in the balanced state called homeostasis.

The divine demand for balance and justice is imperative in the spiritual world too. A glorious facet of the eternally purposed plan of redemption is that God was perfectly just in condemning and punishing all human unrighteousness and ungodliness yet able to justify sinners (Romans 3:26). For there to be many sons brought to glory it was necessary and fitting for the captain of this redeemed host to suffer death, tasting it for everyone.

For the scales of God’s justice to be balance perfectly, Jesus had to be made like humanity in all things that He might become “a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17).

For God and man to be reconciled, the God-man was necessary.

For God and man to be reconciled, the God-man had to taste death for everyone.

For God and man to be reconciled, the God-man had to be precisely qualified for His role as a merciful and faithful High Priest by the horrific sufferings of Calvary.

What a cup of affliction and agony Jesus drank at Calvary! What a baptism of suffering and sorrow was experienced at Calvary!

It was not optional.

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Author: jchowning

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