A Willing Participant?

So often when we think of Good Friday, we think of it as a willful compliance, a submission even. But the God who designed creation was also the God of the Crucifixion, Christ’s death always a demarcation on the horizon. Always. God on the cross was never any less God, and in authoring His own death, “It was finished.” {John 19:30}

Tozer states that, “Nothing in God’s created world is able to make God–to require God–to do anything.” Even in His infinite justice and unending love, God would have never gone to the cross unless He intended to all along.

Even when He delivered His law to the Israelites, God is perfectly articulate as to who He is.

The Eternal God, full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger, and abundant in loyal love and truth, who maintains loyal love to thousands of people, who forgives wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin; yet does not allow sin to go unpunished. {Exodus 34:6b-7 The Voice}

In this, I AM is telling Moses what to expect and giving all of humanity a glimpse into His character, not at that moment but always. Our God is a God of compassion and mercy, a God of patience, who is forever loving and honest. In this love He is forgiving, but He is also just. And in response? “Moses quickly bowed down on the ground and worshiped.” {Exodus 34:8}

Since God is compassion and mercy, God is love, and God is justice, it is not merely those elements of His character that externally force His hand, but those elements of Him that bleed from His heart into His actions toward us. No more so was that demonstrated than on the cross.

The character of God was not diminished in Jesus Christ, nor was it altered by the cross, rather it was fully proven. Now, instead of wondering how God must feel about us, we are confident in the knowledge of His feelings for us.

But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us. {Romans 5:8 The Voice}

And our response? Simple, we worship.

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