If the one who is wronged punishes Himself on behalf of the criminal to secure Forgiveness for him… couldn’t He just Forgive without the Self abuse?
And if Justice is ‘meeted out’ by actually punishing not the Criminal but rather the Victim of his crime, is that really Justice?
The story is supposed to be about God giving people an opportunity to Return to Him by Forgiving their offences and wiping the slate clean.
If God then takes the punishment on Himself for offenses done to Himself, can He not… Just Forgive all those who simply come without the Kabuki Theater of a Human Blood sacrifice OF Himself TO Himself FOR Himself?
If He is God, then He can. He could have chosen to do whatever he wanted to do for the Salvation of mankind, the clearing of the Debt. Or do you say He is Limited and Restricted in His options? Then perhaps He is not worthy of the Title.
You agree then that He’s not limited or restricted? The question then becomes, If He could have… why didn’t He…
Just Forgive? He asks us to Forgive our enemies without revenge or recompense. Is He unable or unwilling to “do as I say” or is it “not as I do”?
Forgiveness forgives without punishment, price or recompense to anyone involved. If your concept of God “requires human blood sacrifice” even of Himself, to Himself for Himself… It’s not true forgiveness, but just another Pagan Human Blood Sacrifice of someone who didn’t commit the crime and therefore isn’t liable for the Payment. Your cries for “God’s Justice” to be fulfilled by the death of an innocent man on a cross he didn’t deserve become Injustice and an Unjust Death at the hands of other men, but by the Design and Determination of your “Just” God.
Why not just Forgive… Like He requires us to do?