Why Jesus Had to Die

“The question asked in the old spiritual hymn we have been singing verse by verse seems nonsensical in many ways. “I wasn’t there,” It’s a phrase I have used often (not too successfully I dare say) when trying to convince my parents, for example, that when that window broke, the car got scratched, the other brother had a black eye, I was nowhere to be found. “I wasn’t there.” Yet on that first Good Friday there were those present, not seeing absolutely everything but enough to know what was happening but not enough to know why it was happening….”