They didn't get it.
The man whose life they had taken was no ordinary man.
He was the one who had given life in the first place. To Adam. To Eve. To dogs, anteaters, grizzly bears, and centipedes. To them.
To you and to me.
He is the one who preserved these lives. Keeping the heat of the sun at just the right distance to warm and not burn. Providing rain for the crops for his creation to make cole slaw, Pop Tarts, and apple pies. Moving winds and storms past apartment complexes, three story houses, and trailer parks that his creation might continue to live.
Now? He was dead. Killed by the very humans he loved: by his creation. By his people.
by you and me.
1 Corinthians 15:3 says it this way, "Christ died for our sins." For the sake of. Because of.
On the one hand, this is the greatest injustice of all time. The Creator killed by his created.
On the other hand, this is most loving act of all time. The Creator permitting himself to to lose His life, for his creation.
Apart from this moment on Calvary, our sins would cause us to lose our lives.
But through faith in the Creator, our Creator, who gave up his life for us, we will live.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, when I look at the cross I am faced with the horrors of my sins. My sins caused you to die! Forgive me Lord. Forgive me for the sake of that death, which you permitted. A death you died, only to rise again. Resonate that truth within me today, dear Lord, that I may live my life in you and for you. Amen.