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Out of his deepest love came the will to this act.

Death on the cross - Work of redemption - Comment on 2017 May 27 (4)

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Love towards mankind moved him to it, and for this reason God accepted the sacrifice, because love wipes out everything, because love is the strongest power and pacifies the anger of God, i.e., his righteousness is fully satisfied where love is the driving force to every act. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Death on the cross. Work of redemption.

Good Friday 15. April 1949. B.D. NR. 4615.

Jesus gave up his life on the cross; he took the most humiliating death upon himself, which was punishment and atonement for those criminals, who were denied every reform. He condescended to this death, which he could also have averted from himself by virtue of his power and glory, because the fullness of the spirit of God dwelled in him, which he however no longer used in the face of the work of mercy, which he wanted to achieve, to help his fellowmen. Out of his deepest love came the will to this act; love was so strong that also the human will received a strengthening by this, which enabled him to this work. Love drove him, and his human will carried out, what love commanded him. And therefore he took upon him agonies and humiliations, which contradicted his divine nature and which therefore tortured him unspeakably, however also strengthened his will, to redeem men out of this mire of sin. He took pity on the great spiritual trouble, in which mankind languished, who as result of sin no longer knew about their lot on earth and in the hereafter, who headed for an extremely great suffering in the opposite kingdom and were completely without knowledge about their state. He took pity on the lack of light and the complete dependence on him, who was to blame for their sinking into the deep. And he wanted to snatch them back; he wanted to give them the possibility to head for a blessed state in full freedom. He wanted to impart power to them, where they themselves were too weak, and he acquired for himself the gift of divine power for the strengthening of the will really through his death on the cross. He wanted to hand out a wealth, into which possession he first had to put himself through his sin sacrifice for the whole of mankind. The sin weighed heavily on it; it had to be toned down in its effect; but the justice of God did not allow a wiping out of the greatest sin without a sacrifice, if the eternal divinity did not want to reduce itself in the face of its creatures. And in the knowledge of the eternal order the man Jesus decided to bring a sacrifice to God, as far as it was possible for his human body. Love towards mankind moved him to it, and for this reason God accepted the sacrifice, because love wipes out everything, because love is the strongest power and pacifies the anger of God, i.e., his righteousness is fully satisfied where love is the driving force to every act. But the sacrifice was extremely difficult. It exceeded the power of a man and was therefore also valued very high, by full forgiveness being promised them, who acknowledge Jesus Christ as redeemer of the world; who connect to him in thoughts and in the will, to follow him who therefore seriously make an effort to lead a life in love, the same as Jesus had led on earth, to show to men the sole way to eternal life, which is recognizable through a love life only and which experienced a culmination with him through the most painful death on the cross. Amen. B.D. NR. 4615.

 

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