A God Beaten

Behold the Man - Lent Sermon 2 John 18:19–24 Do you ever wonder what you would do if you could meet God face to face? Would you ask Him a difficult question like why do bad things happen to good people? Would you bow down in reverence and fear? Would you sing him a praise song? Would you want to run away from shame? Would you want to punch him in the face? The last option is actually the one the official of the high priest chose. It was in a zealous attempt to defend the honor of the high priest, the one who exists to mediate between God and men, and yet he struck the incarnate God, the Messiah, fist to face. And who can blame him? After all, sinners hate God because His holiness is lethal to those who are unholy and unclean. And yet, in the person of Jesus, God was made flesh for this very purpose, to be struck. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. And what happens to all the lambs, offered by all the high priests since Aaron, who have the sins of the people confessed onto them? They get their throats slit, their bodies sliced, their blood poured out, and their flesh burned. Here is the strange paradox of the incarnation: only a God you can punch can be a God who can forgive punches.