Definition Issues

Did Jesus the Son insist that He must be the one to die for the world, instead of the Father? Possibly, as we believers tend to want to think that God is good, whichever of the three Persons we think of. Unfortunately, the Father had every opportunity to take that position instead of Jesus when the Son was praying for the removal of the cup in the garden of Gethsemane, anxiously for a few hours. The Father insisted that Jesus must take this very role for the world and Jesus made it. Of course, I am not saying that the Father is evil, but that there is indeed a definition issue in spirit-based identity, which makes resurrection technically impossible with the Father, who must continue to exist to maintain order. Jesus did not question that identity issue. He was merely wondering whether His death would be necessary at all. Why not simply forgive?

It was the Father’s will to insist that the wage of sin would not be cheap. To forgive is easy, but some people may take it for granted. Even in Paul’s time after Jesus’ resurrection, many believers at church still questioned him about the necessity of living a guilt-free life. Why not sin all the more to show that God is gracious and can forgive? That’s the question asked by those who could witness crucifixion the first-hand. What if God would simply forgive? There’s no reason to not sin anymore.

A better question to ask would be why the Father did not simply show pain instead of death, such that He could take the role Himself instead of Jesus, all for the sake of a much better argument. After all, isn’t pain much stronger than death that there are many who seek death upon torture? Well, torture is stronger than death and death stronger than beating. However, there must be some equivalent painful experience that the Father could have chosen just so that His Son would not have to go through death instead of Him. This puts the Father in a difficult position, a question I don’t know how to answer.

See, the Holy Spirit was a guest in the Father’s world at the beginning. The Father created the world just so the guest had a reason to stay. The Spirit declined because He considered humans evil. Failing the mission, the humans were terminated by a great flood. Later, a promise was given that the Father would never do this again, because He would want us to have a second chance, hence the plan to have the Son die for us. The Spirit did not want the world, neither did the Father as a result, who intended that Jesus be the one to rule the new world and inherit all authorities. His death for us would naturally establish His leadership, even by the high standards of certain humans. Obviously, the Spirit changed His mind and stayed with us because of Jesus. So, Adam failed the mission but Jesus won. That’s the story.

It still doesn’t explain why Jesus had to die for us. Again, the Father still could have done something without sacrificing His Son. Well, you let me know if you like this arrangement. According to the Bible, you don’t really have a choice anyway. It’s all about the new heaven and earth through Jesus, or the lake of fire if you don’t obey. It’s all about the Father’s will to have the Spirit stay and follow His rules. After all, which government on earth doesn’t wish the same with their visitors? They want visitors to stay and not to make trouble or even invade, if they do represent their governments.


About Run Song

Run Song (宋闰) is my pen name for the Moments of Poetry, a collection of poems about the greatest moments of life. If photography captures the greatest moments of life, poetry is the life behind them.
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