A friend of mine posted this on a forum that I frequent and I didn't want to lose it. Thank you for blowing my mind with your clever thoughts, Lindsay!
I was discussing today's sermon (in which the pastor dragged a spanking concept into it that simply didn't need to be there--spanking, IMO, is like yelling, "Squirrel! in the middle of teaching someone how to drive), and I asked, "Really, how is punishment a *good* thing? "
And then it hit me.
Christ took my punishment. He didn't just take it before a certain age. He didn't just take the punishment for acts committed between 1985 and 2009, or for the sinfulness of my human, fleshly heart. He took it ALL.
And my sons are covered under that. And if He took all of their punishment, too...and I punish my children....well....instead of heaping my punishment on them, I heap it on Him.
The gravity of that realization had me literally stuck in my chair for a solid few minutes.
If I've done it unto the least of these...
The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’