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Ask Fr. Francis: Shouldn't God have done Something more Impressive?

The following is an excerpt from Fr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.


God is omnipotent so shouldn’t he have done something more impressive than just sacrifice himself all the while knowing He will be raised from the dead anyway? Maybe he took the only way to save us and the goal was not to impress us?

Fr. Francis' answer:

I think first of all we must resist the temptation to think that, because Jesus is God and He knew He would be raised again, so we can trivialize what He has done dying on the Cross for us. Sometimes we think that because His dying on the Cross was a temporary ordeal: He got arrested, tortured, crucified; he died, was buried, and rose on the third day. It was done, and now it is over.

It is not that simple. Consider the following:

His temporal sacrifice on the Cross is in fact also taking place as an eternal offering in heaven before the Father. We know this because in Revelation 5, it describes this eternal offering of the slain yet living Lamb before the Eternal One.

Being outside of time, what this eternal offering means is, though the Cross took place in a singular point in time, all time has access to the one and only sacrifice. This means that from the dawn of creation until the last human being before the Final End, every person’s sin is still being nailed to Jesus in that perpetual sacrifice; it is going to the time of Jesus’ crucifixion to add to the weight of His Passion. And conversely, His victory on the Cross is also available to forgive and heal every single one of these offenses across time.

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