A week ago, there was a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 elementary school-age children were killed.
Through the outpourings of sympathy and prayers that appeared on my Facebook news feed, perhaps the one that stuck out most to me was a short note from my friend Rachel.
I am struck by the wisdom of her comment, because this is not simply a comfort–this is the ultimate comfort to those who are mourning over the loss of their children. God understands. He, too, had a Son who was killed. Except God the Father killed His Son: “[I]t was the will of the Lord to crush him” (Isaiah 53:10a).
God understands your sorrow and grief. He sympathizes. And yet I ask that you not ignore why God crushed His Son. Why would God voluntarily undergo such terrible pain in killing His own Son?
Because He loves…
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