Why 33?

05.24.10 |

Why did Jesus go to the Cross at the young age of 33?

Interesting question isn't it?

Just think of all of the teaching He could have done if He would have lived to be 50... 60... maybe even 70.

Then He could head for the Cross and rise from the grave.

Our sins would still be forgiven.

I like what author Mark Atteberry writes about this:

"There's a reason why Jesus didn't live to see old age.

He didn't come here to live. He came here to die.

Yes, He had to accomplish certain things before His death would mean anything.

He had to fulfill prophecies, conquer every temptation Satan could muster, and show us what God looks like with skin on.

I'm not suggesting for a moment that His life had no purpose, only that His ultimate goal was never to establish an impressive resume or to log a ministry career worthy of a retirement party and a gold watch.

From day one, Jesus' all-consuming goal was to pay the price for our sins by shedding His blood."

Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 that He came to give His life as "a ransom for many". 

Why 33?

Because it was the right time.

God's timing is always perfect.

In every situation.

Every time.

Even when we can't figure it all out.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) 
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."


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