Diary of a Ghetto Priest | Why not die for each other?
Christ did nothing wrong. He was innocent like a lamb. He knew that we had sinned. He wanted us to be redeemed from our sins. He didn’t want us condemned for our lust, our pride, and our greed. He took on our sins and allowed Himself to be charged as the guilty one. “I did it. I am wrong. Whip me, beat me, lash me, condemn me to death. Save my loved ones from guilt and punishment. Do not send them into hell.”
Jesus took on our punishment for the sake of our redemption. He made Himself the guilty one, though He knew He had done no wrong. He loved me so much. He didn’t want me to be punished as I should have been. He covered me over and protected me with His love.
As I look at Him crucified, wounded, bloody, scarred, I see my guilt and I know how perverse I have been. His wounded and formless body reminds me of His love and how terrible my sins are, causing Him to suffer so terribly in order to redeem me. I weep, I cry, I fall upon my knees.
Lord, spare me of the punishment I deserve. You loved me, took on all my guilt and wrongs. You protected me from all the pain and dreadful punishment that I deserve.
Love! Love! Love! What great love You have for me. Why did You say, “I am guilty”? You do not say, “He is guilty.” You say, “It is I, not he, who should be punished.”
Love takes on the punishment and guilt of the ones we love. Love carries the burden and punishment and endures the wrongs that our loved ones deserve.
We stretch out our hands, we bare our bodies, we cover our loved ones and take the strike of the enemy within our own flesh, protecting our brothers and sisters, our friends, and even our enemies who have sinned. So much is the Christ-like love within us for each other; we bear the sins of our fellow men, our friends.
“Father, teach me to love like our Jesus. I have sinned. I know I am a sinner. I know Christ has forgiven me. He has died for me.
“Cover us all with your love, Lord. You know how much we have sinned, how much wrong we have done.
“Out of the depths I cry! Lord, hear my voice.”