The need for the cross

THE tragedy of the cross was necessary to meet the tragedy of sin. But look closer yet: “Father if it be possible, let this cup pass.” But the cup did not pass, it remained; and God watched, as the Son was led to the slaughter, as the Son was nailed to the cross, as His only begotten Son cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Still no hand was stretched out to save. The Father would not save the Son until the Son had saved us. This however was not callous indifference; this was being endured by the Father, He was Himself involved. This was the love of Father and Son together – ”the remedy for the defilement of my sin.”

Any therefore who would make light of sin, let him remember, the love of the Father, the love of the Son, the Cross.

BASIL ALLSOPP, The Christadelphian, 1975, page 501.