When terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September of 2013, a former British Royal Marine guided many people to safety. His identity was concealed for security purposes, but The Daily Mail later quoted a bystander: “What he did was so heroic. He was having coffee with friends when it happened. He went back in 12 times and saved 100 people. Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside.”
Imagine going into any place of danger or violence, knowing what’s happening — or what could happen: firefighters rushing into a burning house, a classmate stepping into a tense situation to end bullying, an adult boldly reporting suspected child abuse to authorities.
And God … taking on flesh and entering our world as Jesus, fully knowing “what was going on inside” and the violence to which he’d be exposed. Yet he went ahead and did this, all to rescue people — us! — from certain death.