In his famous autobiography, Seven Storey Mountain
, Thomas Merton wrote of the death of Christ and used three little prases: He was sacrificed for us, by us and with us. We understand that it was for us. We never held a hammer or drove a nail, but we know it was by us. Time means nothing to God. Jesus could die because of our sins before we're even born. The Bible says that when we sin, we do it all over again; we "crucify Him afresh." What does it mean that He was sacrificed with us? The apostle Paul understood it. He said that by the cross "the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world."