Restrained by Love
A three-year-old boy was sitting at the dinner table with his parents when he suddenly declared, “Jesus died on the cross.” They were impressed by his surprising remark and asked him why Jesus died on the cross. He thought about it for a minute and said, “Because He couldn’t get off.” There is actually a lot of truth to that answer. Jesus couldn’t get off the cross — not because of the nails in His hands and feet, but because of His love for mankind. That love held Him far more firmly than any physical restraints ever could.
Jesus gave up magnificence for mundane, harmony for hatred, reverence for revulsion, and loftiness for lashings. He left His throne for thorns, His nobility for nails, and His crown for a cross. He did for us what we could not have done for ourselves. As Peter wrote, “Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).