Should Have

I heard in a sermon the other day that “Jesus died the death we should have died”. I think it makes more sense to say “the death we should die”, since we haven’t died yet, but that’s besides the point.

Jesus died the death we should die.

I thought about this and realized it works two ways. Jesus died the death we deserve, for our sins, in order to bring us back to God. That’s the classic sense. The other sense is this: Jesus died the death that, in our new life and with the motive power of God’s grace, we should choose to die. To die for others, to die for the sake of mankind.

I had the thought: What if everyone on earth were willing to lay down their life for another, in both daily life and in the ultimate act? The possibilities would be endless.


~ by justinhong on January 20, 2015.

2 Responses to “Should Have”

  1. I love your writing. It also makes me think of the invisible death… The painful but beautiful death of ourselves to the parts of us that say ‘He is not enough.’

    <3! auntie jen

  2. don’t should on me!
    just kidding, that is a really good observation!

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