Why Did He Do It?

It’s good to be back after spending last week on vacation - my in-laws in live in Michigan, and every year we make the 1,000 mile trek to the suburbs of Detroit to visit her parents and the myriad of aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends that live there. (Even years are Thanksgiving, odd years Christmas, which means this year we get a real Christmas tree!)

With two kids over the age of 2, flying to Detroit is prohibitively expensive, so we all pile in the minivan for the long drive. Living with chronic pain means the journey is never easy - not to mention all the traffic, potty breaks, winter weather, meltdowns, and the intermittent “Are we there yet”s coming from the back seat.

So why do we do it? Why do we put ourselves through this at least twice a year (we also go to my in-laws’ cottage on Lake Huron every July as well - that is a 14-hour drive!)? The answer is pretty simple - love. We love our family, and they love us; the journey is worth the effort because we get to see the ones we love.

It’s a great spiritual lesson - why did God send his only son to earth to die on the cross? Love - he did it so we could be together, sin conquered and relationship restored through Jesus Christ. Max Lucado talks about this lesson from the holidays in his devotional called “Why Did He Do It?” He says “We love to be with the ones we love. May I remind you? So does God.

Need some encouragement this Monday morning? Remember - God loves to be with the ones he loves - and that means you!

...who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8)