Fate would have it that two criminals were scheduled to be executed with Jesus. While suffering the agonies of crucifixion, a conversation took place between the three men. We understand that there is more to having a real conversation than just being physically present. A Native American proverb says that we are not supposed to criticize people, unless we have “walked a mile in their moccasins”. Crucified with them, Jesus was more than just physically present. He walked in their shoes and literally felt their pain.
How could a fire department accomplish a rescue mission without being on the scene of the accident? That does not make much sense, does it? By the same token, through Jesus, God arrived on the scene of the accident and went through hell to pull us out. If there was a different way of saving us, I am convinced that God would have done it. As it is, He chose His Son to perform the biggest rescue mission ever.
Death entered the world when we disconnected from God. And so God became a man and submitted to mortality to rescue us from death. Jesus, the Son of God, walked in our shoes all the way to the deep end, which is why He can meet us literally everywhere. In life and in death He holds the key to eternal life.
In Adam our prospects are grim. We live in this mortal body and once our bodies become frail and inhospitable we pass away. In Jesus we are made whole. All who believe in Him shall be raised to life, which is our Lord’s greatest desire. His mission was to save us; and our resurrection completes His mission.