Was it absolutely necessary for Jesus to be brutally crucified on a Roman cross in order to redeem humankind? Could God have chosen some other way? Perhaps. But I cannot think of a better way.
What do you have to do with Jesus of Nazareth? This podcast, recorded after Palm Sunday, explores the importance of Jesus’ saving passion, death, burial, and resurrection in your life.
What does the crucified Jesus of Nazareth have to do with you? What does Jesus of Nazareth have to do with your life and your happiness?
Thinking of all the crosses I’d borne throughout the years, along with those I’d watched friends and family carry, it occurred to me that one can’t enjoy blessings without having known something of suffering.
Given humankind’s fallen state and its consequences, God had to do something radical to move men’s hearts to conversion; otherwise, we would hardly have noticed. Yet God’s divine action had to be in harmony with his infinite goodness and love.