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From what I have been told, every human being will die at some point, although the moment is not at all as certain as the fact. And if you must die, surely you would rather die for something of value. Is it not better to die for a cause, than for nothing? And better for a cause of a noble nature, than for a meaningless cause? And then, which is more noble; to die for one's own profit or to die for truth? To die for a long and happy life (with the happy side effect of paying afterwards), or to die for a truth (outside yourself) as dogmatists sometimes intend? Surely it is more commendable to die for sth. that rises above yourself than not to rise above yourself. And above something, someone; over matter, a soul. The highest therefore seems to me to die for love; that is to die for another, of which the highest is to die for the unloved, an enemy.

That is the true image of the cross. The God who dies for the highest good. The Creator who wants to connect with man in exuberant freedom and for that he gives himself; he for man who nails him. Not so that justice prevails, or other legal or ethical truths and values; But for love, for a human being, for me. Reasons to die for are also reasons to live for. Therefore, Jesus' sacrifice does not begin only in the Passion, but already at his birth. He had to learn obedience and lived for the purpose for which he died.


9. Hebrews 5 : 8


Erwin de Ruiter

"One man tries to express himself in books, another in boots; both are likely to fail." - G.K. Chesterton

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