Jesus didn’t have to do it (Part 2)


And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross

(Phil 2:8).




Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, we see that his life was marked by compassion. Multiple times in the Gospel, Jesus moved with compassion, either when he saw the multitudes dispersed like sheep without a shepherd, or when he encountered one who required healing.


You must understand that this compassion was not just a helpless feeling, it was based on love and elicited an action from him.  Let’s see

Matt 14:14: “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”


See also Matt 15:32: “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”


In these cases, we see Jesus step in. The same way he wilfully stepped in concerning your salvation. The Apostle Paul said in Gal 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”


The life you live now is because of Jesus. He left His glory, took on the frailty of humanity: He felt hunger, tiredness and yes – pain! He felt every whip from the Roman soldiers. He felt unbearable pain as their nails were driven into His hands and feet. It was no small deal that the spear was thrust into His side. He knew He would have to suffer to make you free, yet He took the offer! He lived, loved, and died! And of course, He rose again. Halleluyah!