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God Suffered

It would be a mistake to conclude that Jesus alone suffered for our sins.  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son."  John 3:16  These old, familiar words express the crimson mystery of two hearts being broken at that one cross!

The great German thinker, Jurgen Moltman, described this profound truth in these words:  "The Son suffers dying, the Father suffers the death of the Son.  The grief of the Father here is just as important as the death of the Son.  The Fatherlessness of the Son is matched by the Sonlessness of the Father."  (Crucified God, p. 72)

The Bible does not portray the crucifixion of Jesus as the story of a pleading Son placating an angry Father.  No, their portraits are identical.  They suffer equally, because they love us equally.

As Jesus suffered and died, "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,..." 2 Corinthians 5:19  Which is formal language for simply saying: As Jesus died, God was in Christ drawing His runaway children back into His wide open embrace!  God was in Christ to win us runaway, rebel children back into His forever friendship.

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