“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” ~ Ephesians 2:4-5
It’s so easy to remove ourselves from the scandalous nature of the crucifixion. It’s so easy to hide behind two thousand years of history between the cross and today. But the Bible doesn’t let us off so easy. We were there on that dark night. We were there in the betrayal, in the rejection, and in the denial.
As U2’s Bono wrote in “When Love Comes to Town” – I was there when they crucified my Lord / I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword / I threw the dice when they pierced his side / But I’ve seen love conquer the great divide.
The great divide was conquered by the love of God, even as we held the scabbard and threw the dice at the feet of the crucified Lord. The rich mercy and great love of God has forgiven our sin and “made us alive with Christ”… the Christ we crucified. What grace! What mercy! What love!