Over the last few months we have all been following the legal battles of two young Australians on death row in Indonesia. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran were convicted and sentenced to death for their part in the Bali Nine drug smuggling ring. Their fate has generated a lot of debate in this country with most people agreeing that whilst the pair should be punished by they don’t deserve to die.
As the same time as we have been watching the news from Indonesia we have been following another young man on the path to execution. This man was convicted and sentenced to death on trumped up charges. He didn’t deserve to be punished at all and certainly didn’t deserve to die. This young man was Jesus of Nazareth.
This Easter we are going to remember again that Jesus died for people like us. He was on trial for our lives. We all deserve to die as punishment for the way we have treated God, but Jesus is the only human being to have ever lived who didn’t deserve to be punished. His death for us, in our place, means that we can have a fresh start with God. Wonderfully, death was not the end for Jesus and his resurrection shows us that we can also have new life.
As John says about the miraculous signs Jesus performed, “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)