In honour of Good Friday, my Five Minute Friday post is a reflection on the day.

It was a hard love that caused Jesus to come to earth.

He left the splendors of heaven to love us, his creation. Did he have to do this? There may have been another way? We are not told in Scripture.

Though it can be implied there was no other way. Jesus prayed in the garden to have the cup of suffering to pass from him. He was asking the Father if there was another way. Knowing the plan of the ages, Jesus gave himself to the plan. “Not my will but your will”, he prayed.

And he stood in our place for the judgment reserved for criminals. No comfort to be received and no mercy at the hands of the Roman torture tool, the Cross.

This was hard love.