Christ CHOSE the nails. He CHOSE the cross. He CHOSE the pain. At any point in time, He could have taken himself down off of the cross and condemned all of those who were shouting condemnation at Him. But Christ knew that what He was doing was necessary for redemption. It was necessary for the restoration of His creation. It was necessary to restore relationship between Him and His Father and their creation.
One interesting aspect Lucado presented were the other two men being crucified alongside Christ. He states that the two other crosses represent two choices. One man chose repentance and redemption. The other man chose to turn away and choose condemnation. But both men had a choice, just as we all do today.
I loved the reminder that an infinite Christ who had never been bound by time or any other physical parameters, chose to bind Himself up in the confines of flesh and a twenty-four hour day. And why? Because He knew that He must live as we do, experience the confines of time, the discomforts of life on this earth in order to be able to understand our feelings, to know what it is like to live here on this earth. At any time during his 33 years of life, He could have used His power to make His life more comfortable. But He didn't. And the only difference between Christ's life and ours? He lived a sinless life where it is impossible for us to do the same.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a light, easy read as all of Lucado's books are. He has a gift of spinning the Truth into stories that are easy to read, understand, and relate to and this book is no exception.
A very encouraging book. A great reminder of my Savior's unmeasurable love for me and all His creation.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest opinion.*