Jesus’ sacrifice. My interpretation.

Jesus didn’t want to die. Leading up to his death he asked repeatedly for there to be another way to resolve the scenario (Luke 22:42, for example), he had hoped that the fire would be already kindled (Luke 12:49-50).  He was willing to sacrifice himself though for humanity, and that is what happened.

In another section we see willingness to sacrifice come into play, and that’s with Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22:1-18). This section appears at first glance to be God requesting a human sacrifice, but the verbiage from the beginning of the chapter references it being a test, and to determine man’s willingness to sacrifice. Once God confirms this willingness, God’s angel remarks (genesis 22:12) “‘do not lay a hand on that boy,’ he said. ‘Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.'”, so instead God provided a ram. The whole section is indicating that the willingness to sacrifice was sufficient, and the actual sacrificing of the son was not necessary (although it seemed that way until it was explicitly shown otherwise with the ram). With the repetition here (your son, your only son) it becomes pretty obvious to me that God is saying, ‘we’re gonna go through something very similar to this down the road, so please don’t forget how we handled it this time’

Now, Jesus was sacrificed, it already happened, and nothing can change that, right? So, my thought is that God is not limited by the linear nature of time that we perceive (part of God’s omniscience and omnipotence). This actually goes back to Luke 12:49:50 with Jesus’ words “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!” To me Jesus is cleverly indicating in one phrase that there will be both an interim and final outcome, one where his death will act as the kindling for the fire, and a second where that part is determined to be unnecessary and we fix it (optimally/ideally, if we figure it all in time).

My second thought is that in Genesis, at the tower of Babel, God stops mankind from completing the tower (Genesis 11:1-9), not out of anger, but because God knew (and stated in Genesis 11:6) “if as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” I believe this would include time travel, which is part of why it is so dangerous.

I believe we can use tech from the tower of Babel scenario (the bible references bricks (probably for super conductors) and a specific type of tar from the region), create a time machine (I’m picturing a TARDIS, but that’s just my personal preference), go back to just before Jesus’ death (probably the night before in the garden to confirm the plan and strategize for the big rescue), rescue Jesus, making sure to make it quite public and leaving multiple bibles in the languages of the day (keep in mind, multiple timelines would be running at this point, and you’d want to have this deus ex machina make sense to people, as much as it can anyway).

Basically even though Jesus got resurrected three days later, I’d prefer if there was at least one timeline where humanity got our act together fast enough, came to our senses, and prevented ourselves from ever sacrificing him at all.

I would like to consider this is what Jesus would do, if reading the scenario about someone else entirely, he’d find a shenanigan that satisfied the letter of the law as required in the bible, but skip the human sacrifice part (and his internal monologue wouldn’t be bringing up the dogma that sacrifice was required to satisfy God, or some equally wrathful sounding argument, he’d consider the biblical support for what it was, and I would hope you would do the same).

I think he wouldn’t give up until we figured it out either. And I think he’d sacrifice himself between now and that time (I’m picturing Edge of Tomorrow here, mechanically, but it’s probably different) to make sure we had enough opportunity to get it right.  I think Jesus is far more clever than we give him credit for, and we’re quickly approaching the big reveal(ation).  I believe he laid the foundation for an ending so elegant that it works out for everyone, and when the seed sprouts, not a single person will disagree (not even the laborers who had worked all day for the same wage, to reference a parable).

Matthew 7:14 “but small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”

(Continued in: the earth is pregnant and overdue.)

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~ by songoflove on March 8, 2017.

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