A kind reader sent me an email today in response to my recent post "God Has No Plan For You". This person pointed out how I may have caused people to be misled into thinking that I was denying that Jesus was thinking about anyone when he died on the cross, or worse that Jesus didn’t die for us when I said:

“Oh and Jesus didn't die for your sins, he wasn't thinking of you when he died on the cross. Nope, he was thinking of his Dad and wondering where his Dad was gone. “Eloi eloi lama sabachthani!” he shouted.”

Having re-read this I couldn’t agree more and I would like to thank that reader for pointing this out. This, of course, is a million miles away from what I believe to be true. Jesus most certainly did die for us and most certainly is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World.” (John 1:29). This is a fundamental truth of Christian belief.

When I say "Jesus wasn't thinking of you" my intention was to emphasise the word "you" in contrast to all of humanity.

What I should have said was.

“Oh and Jesus didn't die for your sins, he wasn't thinking of you when he died on the cross. Jesus, "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:3-4), was thinking of all of humanity, not just you.”

The sentence

"Nope, he was thinking of his Dad and wondering where his Dad was gone. “Eloi eloi lama sabachthani!” he shouted."

was superfluous to needs.

I have therefore corrected the article accordingly.

For any reader that may have been misled into thinking this please accept my humblest apologies.


1 comment:

  1. Personally I think that you maybe were absolutely right. Jesus, carrying all our sin and for the first time experiencing being outside of unity with the Father because of it, just might not have thought of either you or humanity. He just might have asked the father where he was.

    Most important for me though: when he had the chance to cop out and let the cup pass on him, he did not. He went to the cross for the prize that layed behind it: you and me, humanity, a restored relationship.

    In the garden, he thought of us. He decided to go forward and did not stop. Could it be irrelevant what he thought at the cross itself? Just a question.

    But kudos for correcting yourself.