I’m thankful for what began at Easter. I ask you. Does it really work to trust Jesus? Is the gospel really powerful enough to help? Are you thinking “I’m in a bad condition? You just don’t know.” Is it enough? Absolutely! The words Jesus spoke were not casual. They were powerful and purposeful before he died and after. That’s why he used such words as thus, behooved, and ought not Christ to have suffered.
Luke 24: 25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Thus it is written and thus it behooved. Behooved is a word we know but might have trouble giving its meaning. Simply put it means to obligate. Jesus was under responsibility to do this. It was either him and mankind have hope or not do it and leave us all without hope for eternity. Everything had to happen as it did. This past prayer meeting I asked some questions I’ll share again. Why didn’t Jesus appear to the unbelievers after the resurrection? Why did only his followers see him? Jesus has never failed to appear to us on purpose. All the disciples had a hard time believing it was him raised from the dead. Imagine how the Sanhedrin and Pilate would have reacted and treated him. The choice is yours: believe or not believe. The blessing comes in believing.
Jesus said it behooved Christ to suffer. All things that happened had to be. He would have been Messiah if he had not died, but he wouldn’t have been Savior. There had to be shedding of blood for a Savior. That’s why the angel announced to the shepherds unto is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord. He didn’t announce the birth of a Messiah. He would provide the sacrifice for our sins.
We cannot cover our own sins. We needed someone to step in; this is why Jesus had to suffer. The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. While praying in the Garden Jesus asked if there was another way, but ended saying not my will but thine be done. He knew it was up to him; he had to die. It behooved him. We live in a “don’t-have-to-world” these days. It’s in our nature to be rebellious. I remember trying not to do what I was told as a child and getting many a “whoopin” for being so stubborn. When it comes to spiritual things, we must acknowledge we cannot save ourselves. We must see ourselves as we are. We can’t afford to say “I don’t have to get saved.” The most important thing in life is knowing you’re right with God. To say it doesn’t matter is crazy.
Jesus was under obligation to do what he came to do—die. Luke 22:22 says and truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined. Before Adam and Eve sinned, the plan of God was already determined. Calvary was already in the plan before the foundation of the world. Jesus took every sin that has been and will be committed to himself. He knew we couldn’t bear it. That’s why we need to be saved. Peter said on Pentecost that Jesus went about doing good but wicked hands delivered him according to the council of God. God set it. Jesus died and rose again as God determined. Without Jesus there is no hope for you and me. He can’t help us in our time of need until we accept him as Savior. Sure his mercy and grace are with those who don’t believe, but you must have Jesus as Savior to go to heaven. You can do without many things in this life, but you cannot get to heaven without salvation. It’s the only way to stay out of hell. I don’t care how “Christianized” you may be or how many commotions and rituals you go through. Without accepting Jesus as Savior you are lost. Jesus took our obligation as his own. There is no other name whereby we can be saved. You need that. We all do. To have salvation, you must do something about it. You must take him as Savior.
Jesus said thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day. This gave us the means to heaven. It is by faith and repentance. We turn our sins over to him. I know I’m saved not because I got it right. Jesus got it right for me! It’s why Jesus told Nicodemus you must be born again. He didn’t tell him to be a better Pharisee. If a person is not born again, he will not see the kingdom of God. It had to be Jesus and no one else. The hope of our loved ones gone on is the same as ours—the risen Savior. Our people that died in the Lord are with him because they trusted Jesus as Savior. They received remission of sins. You must die in the faith to live with Jesus. This is why he didn’t come down off the cross. It takes faith in Jesus, the Savior behooved on our behalf to die and rise again. By finding him through faith and repentance, we find salvation.
Down through the ages in all cultures, there can be and forever will be only one Savior—Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He’s the one who loved us and gave himself for us. Now we see why he had to do this. It was him or you and me. He chose to do it for us. We can call on his name and be saved. We can open our heart and trust him. He reaches down from heaven and sends our sins away. He can do that because he took them upon the cross. When he arose the third day, he arose having borne our sins. The grave clothes were left behind. It was finished.
It behooved him, and now it behooves us to embrace the Savior. Now is the time to meet him. You have to get to Jesus to get to heaven. Do it today.