Written by Ja-Hye Pang
As I reflect on this Good Friday and remember what it was like for Jesus as He hung on the cross to sacrifice Himself as the ‘Lamb of God’ so many years ago, this verse comes to mind:
“…The chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but He can’t save himself! Let this Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.’”
Why didn’t Jesus save Himself that day? Why did He willingly allow the people to put Him on the cross and mock Him in such a way? Was Jesus not powerful enough?
How much power did Jesus have when He was on the cross?
How many people was He willing to die for? How many, really?
To answer the last question, I found that there has been approximately 106 billion (give or take a several million) human beings who have lived and died on earth since the beginning of, well…earth. How big is 100 billion? If you were to count from one to 100 billion non-stop, you would be counting for at least 9,500 years!
The leaders, teachers, and those surrounding Jesus on the cross thought that He “[couldn’t] even save himself”. However, they didn’t realize He wasn’t trying to save Himself. He was seeking to save everyone else.
This is how big the power of God is: By ONE single sacrifice of His Beloved Son, Christ was able to cover the sins of the WHOLE WORLD!!! Not just 1 million, or 1 billion, but over 100 billion people and, still counting!!! It puts a whole new perspective on Christ demonstrating “meekness”! Talk about “strength under control”! Talk about true power!
Jesus, as the humble and perfect sacrificial Lamb of God, is able to cover ALL of humanity’s sins, yet He knows each of us by name, how many hairs are on our heads, every thought, every tear, and the weight of burden and sin that abides in our hearts. He cares for each one of us and hears our prayers, no matter how big or small. And He alone can set us free from sin and death! What an amazing God!
In Revelation 5, we see many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand singing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
God, may our hearts be in awe of Your great power and sacrificial love! Thank you, Jesus, for Your powerful and humble sacrifice as we remember Your greatness and love once again!
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