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Easter Week Meditation: An Eternal Debt

April 16th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Because we experience time in a linear fashion, when we consider the crucifixion we think of it as an event that happened long ago over a relatively minuscule period of time, maybe three hours. I think many people may have an idea that although the agony that Jesus experienced on the cross may have been incredibly painful it was over pretty quick so we don’t really get what the big deal is. He was God. Surely he can take three hours of discomfort.

But here’s something to think about: it is more likely than not that God does not experience time in a linear fashion as we do. God created everything out of nothing which means that God must have existence outside of creation. Jesus said, “before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58 ESV), which indicates that his existence is not bound by time but is eternal. If that is true, then Jesus’ agony on the cross, the terror of which far exceeds physical discomfort and consists of the experience of the wrath of God, is eternal. The experience of God’s wrath, the letting go of his care (Ro. 1:24, 26, 28), for eternity. So we often refer to our salvation in terms that assume that a debt has been paid by the crucifixion. But I think the more correct way to say it is being paid. Forever. That is the price God is willing to pay to bring us back into relationship with him. That’s something to consider as we enter the Easter celebration.

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