As a small boy it always puzzled me as to why Jesus was put to death. I sat and listened to many stories in Sunday School about this wonderful man named Jesus. The various teachers used to use the cutting edge technology of the time - Flannel graph. Ok I am getting on a bit.
They told me how he went around healing people, telling people to love one another and serve each other. Do to others what you would have them do unto you. Come on its not hanging material.
Here is (v7) I get my answer. Jesus was not put to death because of what he did it was because of one thing that he said over and over again - I am God.
Nothing much has changed. Most people like flannel graph Jesus, most religions recognise him as a good teacher but what sticks in the throat of many people is the claim that Jesus is God.
Now I understand why he was put to death and I am forever grateful.
Friday, August 29, 2008