I reflect on why it was this sacrifice was so necessary for our salvation. I know of no better reply than this note from a friend who writes:
Interesting experience to read this story and then reach over to feel our daughter moving in my wife’s womb. Makes me want to vomit, literally.
Why did Jesus have to make such a horrific sacrifice? Because we are a species that does that to pure innocence. Indeed, we do that and then we blame God for it–all while saying we are fine and don’t need help or grace.
Those who say “There is no God and besides he’s evil because look what he did to his Son” need to fish or cut bait. Whether God exists or not, it was not God who inflicted the crucifixion on his Son. It was us. We did it. We come of a race that looks at the beaten and bloody body of a scourging victim, trembling in shock on a cold April morning, and then twists a crown of thorns and presses it down on his head.
Just for fun.
*We* made clear the sort of sacrifice we required for our sins by our *our* free choice to inflict it on the victim.
And as the monster Kermit Gosnell–and the civilization that created him and many others like him–makes clear, we haven’t changed a bit. We require this sacrifice because *we* inflict this sacrifice on perfect innocence.