An imaginary dialogue between a redeemed soul and Christ:
Soul: Lord, why did you let yourself be taken when you might have escaped your enemies?
Christ: That your spiritual enemies should not take you, and cast you into the prison of utter darkness.
Soul: Lord, why did you let yourself be bound?
Christ: That I might loose the cords of your iniquities.
Soul: Lord, why did you let yourself be lifted up upon a cross?
Christ: That I might lift you up with me to heaven.
Soul: Lord, why were your hands and feet nailed to the cross?
Christ: To enlarge your hands to do the works of righteousness and to set your feet at liberty, to walk in the ways of peace.
Soul: Lord, why did you have your arms nailed wide?
Christ: That I might embrace you more lovingly.
Soul: Lord, why was your side opened with a spear?
Christ: That you might have a way to come near to my heart.
-Lewis Bayly, modernized by R. Kent Hughes
“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
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