When Jesus Christ went to the cross to be crucified and to die on our behalf, there was no guarantee humanly speaking, that He would come back to life. Humanly speaking, it was and is still impossible for anyone to willingly die and be resurrected. He was human but He did it anyway.
It is difficult for most people to accept his resurrection today. They are right. It is impossible now as it was then. Jesus Christ offered his life as a sacrifice, knowing that it was humanly impossible to come back to life.
When Jesus Christ went to the cross to lay down his life on our behalf, there was no guarantee humanly speaking, that anyone would accept his sacrifice. After all, he died for a race of people who had no clue, people who had been corrupted. We were so clueless and wicked that God came into our midst and we killed him and even his closest disciples deserted him in his hour of greatest agony. Where was the hope that a race of people like that would receive him, if he came back to life? After all, we saw him raise the dead or at least we heard, yet we killed him. But he did it anyway.
God laid down his life for a human race who would kill God, whose spiritual sensitivity and their humanity had been so deadened that they did not recognize their Creator when He dwelt amongst them. We were so warped that we sincerely preferred a convicted murderer to our own Creator who came to lay down his life for us. He laid down his life for us anyway.
Now He is risen and many of us have received Him. It was and is still a human impossibility. If receiving Him means admiration and adoration of Jesus Christ for loving us to death and to hell, it is humanly possible and probably religiously, if not politically correct. He demands instead that we follow his example. Love against hope. Hope against hope. Act without a human guarantee of results. Give even if there is no promise of return. He demands the impossible.
As I think about this, I am tempted to say “Lord depart from me for I am a sinful man” and I need to pray, “Lord have mercy on me, for I have sinned.” Before the prayer exits my mouth, He who died for me while I was still in the loins of my progenitors and was wicked by nature, comes to my rescue. He expects me to love likewise, against hope.