Setting the scene is a vital part of a splendidly crafted play. This universe is the masterpiece play of God. The scene is set, conditions are perfect. Now enters our hero. Conditions are such that there is no other way than a majestic rescue.
Paul uses an amazing term when explaining the Gospel. He says, “it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead” (Acts 17:3). Often we think of the term necessary as something denoting inherent lack or dependance. This is not the way Paul is using the term. He is using a small three letter word in Greek, dei. It is absolutely necessary, there is no other way.
A close approximation to this concept is the term necessary as used in philosophy. When something is necessary it inevitably results from or is produced by the nature of things, so that the contrary is impossible.
This Lent reflect on that necessary prayer that Jesus prayed in the Garden, “Father if there is any other way, let if happen. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.”
Reflect on the awesome nature of Lent, Jesus not only needed to die for us, he wanted to. Let this melt and change us.