Caught up in my thoughts, grieving the loss of this beautiful animal, I all of a sudden couldn’t help to be saddened by the events that paved the way to the cross. Although Jesus was the son of God, He still had human emotions and thoughts to deal with (just like us!). He had compassion on the leper (Mark 1:40-42), felt anger and grieve (Mark 3:5), sadness and love (John 11:35-36), He was filled with joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21), but was also troubled in spirit (John 13:21). So can you imagine how Jesus felt knowing that innocence & truth would kill Him? That He would be ‘shot’ so that others could live (just like Harambe). Knowing that one of His beloved disciples was about to betray Him? Being unsure of what the physical & emotional pain would feel like that He was about to endure? And yet, He did it out of love. Because that is the being of Jesus Christ, love! Love for you, love for me, and love for everyone that we feel are not worthy of love and forgiveness. “No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends.” – John 15:13
It may be good night Harambe, because we can’t change social behavior. But it is hello beautiful world if you comprehend the greatness of our God and Saviour!! We can rejoice, because our names are recorded in heaven. And all because one innocent Man willingly exchanged His temporary existence for eternity with His Father. Out of love. To save us!