He did it for love. Jesus’ death upon the cross was the ultimate evidence of God’s love for us. In a single, terrible act, God put us into harmony with himself. Call it “The Greatest Collision In Human History,” where the perfect demands of the impossible old covenant met the perfect gift of the new covenant, and where the disease of sin met the cure of love and grace. From the beginning, it was no contest.
On the third day, He rose from the tomb and, having made atonement for the sins of the people, achieved the Father’s desire of taking us out of the dominion of darkness by putting us into the kingdom of the Son—loved, safe, new and secure forever and ever.
Now that “It is finished,” ours is to believe and enjoy the love and great benefits of God with us, perfectly and triumphantly displayed by Jesus at the cross and resurrection. “I will take it all,” said The Great Sin Thief, “so they may be perfectly healthy with me,” said The Great Physician, “so they may have everything I have for them,” said The Great Benefactor.
That’s how it was and that’s how it is at Easter—the greatest collision in human history.
“In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:7-8