Why did Jesus have to experience so much suffering?
Question Answer Jesus suffered severely throughout His trials, torture, and crucifixion (Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19).(Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19).His suffering was physical: Isaiah 52:14 declares, “There were many who were appalled at Him—His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness.” His suffering was emotional: “All the disciples deserted him and fled” (Matthew 26:56).(Matthew 26:56).His suffering was spiritual: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- Jesus had the weight of the sins of the entire world on Him (1 John 2:2).
- (1 John 2:2).
- It was sin that caused Jesus to cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).
- Jesus’ brutal physical suffering was augmented by His having to bear the guilt of our sins and die to pay our penalty (Romans 5:8).
- (Romans 5:8).
- Isaiah predicted Jesus’ suffering: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
- Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
- But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:3, 5).
- (Isaiah 53:3, 5).
- This passage specifies the reason for Jesus’ suffering: “for our transgressions,” for our healing, and to bring us peace.
- Jesus told His disciples that His suffering was certain: “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life” (Luke 9:22; cf.
- (Luke 9:22; cf.
17:25).Note the word must—He must suffer, and He must be killed.The suffering of Christ was God’s plan for the salvation of the world.
- Psalm 22:14–18 details some of the suffering of the Messiah: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.
- My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
- My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
- Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” In order for this and other prophecies to be fulfilled, Jesus had to suffer.Why did Jesus have to suffer so badly?The principle of the innocent dying for the guilty was established in the garden of Eden: Adam and Eve received garments of animal skin to cover their shame (Genesis 3:21)—thus, blood was shed in Eden.
Later, this principle was set in the Mosaic Law: “It is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life” (Leviticus 17:11; cf.Hebrews 9:22).(Leviticus 17:11; cf.Hebrews 9:22).Jesus had to suffer because suffering is part of sacrifice, and Jesus was “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).Jesus’ physical torture was part of the payment required for our sins.
- We are redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19).
- (1 Peter 1:19).
- Jesus’ suffering on the cross showed the devastating nature of sin, the wrath of God, the cruelty of humanity, and the hatred of Satan.
- At Calvary, mankind was allowed to do his worst to the Son of Man as He became the Redeemer of mankind.
- Satan may have thought he had won a great victory, but it was through the cross that the Son of God triumphed over Satan, sin, and death.
- “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out” (John 12:31; cf.
Colossians 2:15).(John 12:31; cf.Colossians 2:15).
Jesus suffered and died in order to secure salvation for all who would believe.The night of His arrest, as Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, He committed His all to the task: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).(Luke 22:42).The cup of suffering was not taken from Christ; He drank it all for us.There was no other way for us to be saved.Return to: Questions about Jesus Christ Why did Jesus have to experience so much suffering?
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7 Reasons Christ Suffered and Died
According to John Piper’s recent book, The Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die, God’s goals for the world via the death of Jesus are incomprehensible to human understanding.″Infinitely more significant than who killed Jesus is the issue of what God accomplished for sinners like us by sending His Son to die,″ he goes on to state.What a need it is for us to comprehend–and share–the divinely ordained reasons that motivated Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.The following are seven of them: 1.In order to bring about His own resurrection from the grave.
- The death of Christ did not only precede His resurrection; it was also the price that was paid in order to achieve it.
- According to the Bible, He was raised not just as a result of the bloodshed, but also as a result of it.
- With Jesus’ suffering and death, God’s anger was finally appeased and fulfilled.
- The divine curse against sin has been entirely internalized by the body.
- The price of forgiveness has been fully and completely paid.
- Throughout the entire process, God’s righteousness was fully established.
- All that remained was for God to publicly declare his approval, and that was all that remained.
- He demonstrated His love for us by reviving Jesus from the grave.
- ″If Christ has not been risen, your faith is worthless, and you are still in your sins,″ states the Bible (1 Corinthians 15:17, ESV*), the point is not that the resurrection is the price paid for our sins, but rather that our faith is meaningless and we are still in our sins.
- The idea is that the resurrection demonstrates that Jesus’ death was a sufficient payment for all of humanity’s sins.
- To demonstrate His own affection for us.
- In addition to being a proof of God’s love (see John 3:16), the death of Jesus Christ is also the highest expression of Christ’s personal love for everyone who accept it as their treasure.
- My own personal involvement with Christ’s sufferings and death is warranted.
It is my own sin that separates me from God, not the wickedness of the world.I’m lost and on the verge of perishing; all I can do is beg for compassion.Then I see Christ enduring and dying on the cross.
- For whoever is this?
- ″Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,″ the Bible says in Ephesians 5:25.
- ″There is no greater love than this,″ according to John 15:13, ″than that someone lay down his life for his friends.″ The Bible also states that ″the Son of Man did not come in order to be served but in order to serve,″ and that ″the Son of Man gave his life as a ransom for many.″ And I wonder whether I’m one of the ″many.″ Is it possible for me to become one of His ″friends″?
- Is it possible for me to become a member of the ″church″?
It says to me: ″To those who received him, who believed in his name, he granted the right to become children of God″ (John 1:12).My heart has been persuaded, and I have chosen to appreciate the beauty and abundance of Christ as my treasure.And there comes into my heart this immense reality–love Christ’s for me–as a result of this.3.
In order to have the legal claims of the law against us withdrawn from effect.What a ridiculous notion it is to believe that our good acts would one day offset our negative ones.First and foremost, it is untrue.Even our excellent actions are flawed because we do not perform them in a manner that is pleasing to God.″Sin is defined as everything that does not flow from faith.″ Our actions will be nothing more than acts of disobedience if we do not have a faith that exalts Christ.Second, this is clearly not the manner in which God rescues us.
- Whether or not we are spared the repercussions of our evil acts will not be due to the fact that they were less significant than our good deeds.
- There is no redemption to be found in balancing the books.
- There is just one way out, and that is to cancel records.
- Not balanced, but wiped away, must be the record of our wrongdoings (even our flawed good actions), as well as the just consequences that each of us receives for each of them.
- This is precisely what Christ endured and died to achieve (Colossians 2:13).
- He put up with my damnation.
He is the only one who can save me.And faith in Him is the only way for me to reach God.4.
To serve as the foundation for our justification and to bring our obedience to a close, so that we may be declared righteous.Being found justifiable in a court of law does not imply that one has been pardoned.Being pardoned indicates that I am guilty and that my crime is not recorded as a crime against the state.The fact that I have been justified means that I have been tried and found not guilty.The judgement of justification does not automatically transform a person into a just person.It declares a person to be righteous.
(The moral transformation that occurs as a result of placing our faith in Christ is not justification.The Bible refers to this as sanctification, which is the process of becoming more good.) Justification is a pronouncement that takes place in a single instant of time.The verdict is in: Just!Righteous!
We have not complied with the law in the tribunal of God.As a result, in layman’s words, justification is a fruitless endeavor.Yet, miraculously, the Bible states that God ″justifies the ungodly″ who put their confidence in His favor because of Christ (Romans 4:5).
Christ spilt His blood to atone for our sins: ″We have now been justified by his blood,″ says the Bible (Romans 5:9).However, forgiving our sins does not imply that we have been declared virtuous.Christ also imputes His righteousness to me, and I am grateful.Specifically, I assert before God that I have no personal righteousness that derives from the law, but only the righteousness that comes through trust in Christ (Philippians 3:9).
When I put my confidence in Christ, He totally completed all of the requirements of righteousness, and then that righteousness was reckoned to be mine.Christ’s death served as the foundation for both our forgiveness and our perfection.5.To get for us all of the things that are beneficial to our lives.
- ″How can it be that he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, will not also generously give us all things in conjunction with him?″ (See also Romans 8:32.) The logic of this verse appeals to me.
- No, not because I enjoy logic, but rather because I enjoy having my genuine needs satisfied.
- The two sides of Romans 8:32 are connected by a logical link that is tremendously significant.
- The link between the two parts is intended to ensure that the second half will be completed without a hitch.
- If God is willing to do the most difficult thing of all–namely, to subject His own Son to pain and death–then it is inevitable that He will also do the comparatively simple thing, which is to provide us with everything.
- God’s absolute commitment to provide us with everything is more certain than His Son’s death on the cross.
- But what exactly does ″give us everything″ imply?
- He will provide us with everything that is beneficial to us.
- All that we truly require in order to be conformed to the image of His Son are provided by God (Romans 8:29).
- All of the things we require in order to achieve everlasting happiness.
- ″No matter what situation I find myself in, I have discovered the key to dealing with plenty and hunger, excess and lack.
- Through him who empowers me, I am able to accomplish everything″ (Philippians 4:12-13, emphasis added).
- It’s important to note that ″all things″ includes ″hungering″ and ″needing.″ God will provide for all of our genuine needs, including the ability to exult in suffering when many of our seeming wants are not supplied.
- Because of Christ’s suffering and death, we have assurance that God will provide us with all we require to carry out His plan, to bring Him glory, and to experience everlasting pleasure.
- In order to draw us closer to God.
What is the highest good that can be found in the Gospel?God in His fullness.The good news of salvation is not good news if it merely saves people from hell and does not save them from God.If forgiveness merely provides relief from guilt without also opening the door to God, then forgiveness is not good news.Justification is not good news if it just renders us legally acceptable to God and does not result in a personal relationship with God as a result.
If redemption just liberates us from slavery and does not bring us closer to God, it is not good news at all.The news of adoption is not good news if it just includes us in the Father’s household but does not include us in His embrace.Because we wish to go out of hell, there is no conclusive evidence that we have received a new heart.No new heart is required to desire the psychological comfort of forgiveness, or to desire God’s anger to be removed from one’s life, or to desire the inheritance of God’s world.The fact that we desire these things because they bring us closer to God’s pleasure is proof that we have been transformed.
- This is the most important thing for which Christ died.
- The Bible says, ″Christ likewise suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unjust, in order that he may bring us to God″ (1 Peter 3:18).
- We were created to be completely and permanently happy as a result of witnessing and experiencing the majesty of God.
- In order to provide us eternal life.
- When we are at our happiest, we do not want to die.
- Only when our pain becomes overwhelming does the desire for death arise..
- What we actually desire in those situations isn’t death, but respite from our suffering.
- Would that the happy days could come back again and again!
- We’d like to see the end of the discomfort.
- If we could bring our loved one back from the tomb, it would be wonderful.
The yearning of the human heart is to live and to be content with one’s existence.God created us in this manner.″He has implanted eternity in the heart of man″ (Ecclesiastes 3:11).God made us in his image, and God is a living, loving being who will live forever.We were designed to live indefinitely.
And that is exactly what we shall do.The antithesis of eternal life is not annihilation, as many people believe.It’s a living hell.Probably more than anyone else, Jesus spoke of it, and He made it clear that rejecting the eternal life He offered would result not in annihilation but in the misery of God’s wrath: ″Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God will remain on him″ (John 3:36).And it will exist in perpetuity.″These will be sent away into eternal torment, but the righteous into eternal life,″ Jesus said (Matthew 25:46).
Everything that is good–everything that will provide sincere and lasting happiness–will be kept, cleansed, and enhanced in the coming days.We shall be transformed in such a way that we will be capable of experiencing levels of bliss that were before unfathomable to us in this life.″What neither the human eye nor the human ear has seen, nor the human heart has dreamed…God has prepared for those who love him″ (1 Corinthians 2:9).Christ suffered and died as a result of this.
Why wouldn’t we embrace Him as our treasure and live for the rest of our lives?
How did Jesus Christ die?
″Jesus pleaded with the Father, saying, ‘Father, pardon them, for they do not know what they are doing.’″ —Luke 23:34 King James Version A large number of medical specialists, historians, and archaeologists have conducted in-depth investigations into the execution that Jesus Christ chose to undergo.His execution was universally acknowledged to have been one of the most grueling and agonizing types of lethal punishment ever created by man.A brief account of some of the facts we know about his final hours from historical sources, archaeology, and medicine is provided below…
Severe stress, even before the abuse began
When Jesus was crucified, he carried the entire world on his shoulders.It is apparent that he was experiencing bodily symptoms linked with great stress even before the crucifixion began.During the night before his execution, his followers claimed to have witnessed Jesus on the Mount of Olives in ″agony.″ Not only did he appear to have been up the whole night, but he also appeared to be sweating heavily.The amount of stress he was under was so high that small blood vessels in his sweat glands were rupturing and erupting as large crimson droplets that fell to the ground (see Luke 22:44).Hematohidrosis is the medical term for this sign of extreme stress.
- (Read on to find out more…) Jesus was physically weary and on the verge of falling into shock if he did not receive fluids immediately (which he apparently did not).
- This is the individual who was subjected to torturous treatment by the Roman troops.
Torture by beating with Roman scourges
An artist’s rendition of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and execution Following a prior defeat at the hands of the Jews, it was now the Romans’ time.Batterings inflicted by Roman troops are well-known for being extremely bloody, resulting in lacerations across the body.The whips used by the Romans were meant to remove flesh from the bodies of their victims.These beatings were intended to be excruciatingly painful to the point of death.It would also cause fluid to accumulate around his lungs as a result of the procedure.
- As an added precaution, a crown of thorns was pressed into his scalp, which had the potential to severely irritate important nerves in his head, causing growing and terrible pain as the hours passed.
- When combined with Christ’s already-stressed state, these beatings were simply enough to bring him to his death.
- His body was strewn with bruises, cuts, and a lot of blood.
- Having gone for several hours without food or water, and having lost fluids via excessive perspiration and significant bleeding, Jesus would have been seriously dehydrated by now.
- A state of ″shock,″ as physicians refer to it, would very likely be induced by this horrific torment, and shock is lethal.
- Apart from that, Jesus was compelled to carry the wooden plank on which he would be crucified.
- If you were in that situation, imagine what it would be like to be carrying a huge weight.
The pain and damage inflicted by crucifixion were intended to be so devilishly acute that one would constantly wish for death, yet may linger for days without relief.The victim was hung entirely naked in front of the audience.Doctor Frederick Zugibe claims that piercing of the median nerve of the hands with a nail causes pain so unbearable that even morphine cannot alleviate it: ″severe, searing, scorching anguish, like lightning bolts traveling the arm and into the spinal cord.″ A nail puncturing the plantar nerve of the foot would have a similar debilitating effect.It should also be noted that the body is positioned on a cross in such a way that breathing becomes incredibly difficult.The intended, torturous effect was described by Frederick Farrar as follows: ″For indeed, a death by crucifixion appears to include everything that pain and death can have of horrible and ghastly—dizziness, cramp, thirst, starvation, sleeplessness, traumatic fever, tetanus, shame, publicity of shame, long continuance of torment, horror of anticipation, mortification of untended wounds—all intensified just up to the point at which they According to one doctor, it is ″a symphony of pain″ that is generated by every movement and every breath; even the slightest wind on his skin can cause him to scream in excruciating pain at this point.
- Doctor Frederick Zugibe, the medical examiner, believes Christ died as a result of shock caused by the loss of blood and fluid combined with traumatic shock from his injuries as well as cardiogenic shock, which caused Christ’s heart to fail.
- At the ninth hour (the time at which a sacrificial lamb was slaughtered in the Jewish temple every day), Jesus called out in a loud voice, ″Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?″ (Lord, Lord, do you hear me?) ″My God, My God, why have You deserted Me?″ says the song, which is translated.
- and passed away shortly after declaring, ″It is ended.″ This is most likely the time at which the priestly ram’s horn would have been sounded in the temple on that particular day, signaling that the priests had concluded the sacrifice of the lamb for the sins of Israel.
- At the same time, the enormous, thick curtain that separated the Holy of Holies room from the rest of the building was pulled apart from top to bottom.
- — Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46 are two passages to consider.
- Thompson claimed that Jesus died not from tiredness, beatings, or the 3 hours of crucifixion, but rather from pain of the mind that caused a rupture of the heart.
- James Thompson’s theory was supported by the evidence.
- The events that occurred after the Roman soldier pierced Christ’s left side serve as evidence in his case.
- Blood and water gushed out of the spear in a frenzied burst (John 19:34).
- However, Thompson feels that this is also evidence of heart rupture, which further proves that Jesus was already dead when the cross was pierced.
- According to renowned scientist Samuel Houghton, only the combination of the crucifixion and the rupture of the heart could create this outcome.
- There is no doubt that it was excruciatingly agonizing beyond words.
- According to the Bible, it is apparent that Jesus selected and willed the moment of His death.
- That moment was not brought about by pain, mental stress, a heart attack, or any other circumstance, but rather by His command.
He is both totally human and entirely divine, despite the fact that He is fully human.As God, He could not die as a result of external forces, but only as a result of His own free choice and desire.″If you are the Christ, save yourself and us,″ said a felon standing next to him at the end of the performance.
- This sinner had no idea that the man he was chatting to was freely hanging on the gallows.
- He was speaking to our Creator, who was capable of releasing all of the power in the cosmos and beyond, as well as effortlessly saving himself from certain death.
- It was not because he was helpless that Jesus stayed in this state of suffering and disgrace, but rather because of his immense love for humanity.
- He was crucified in order to offer the necessary means of redemption for you and me.
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- What is the meaning of crucifixion? Answer: Did Jesus truly do it when he was sweating blood? Answer: The following is a biblical description of Christ’s death and resurrection on the final day: According to the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
- How did Jesus die? On what sort of cross was he crucified? Answer: Jesus Christ HUMBLED himself to the point of death for the benefit of humanity. What is the method and why is it used? Did Jesus only faint and then recover from his wounds, or did he suffer a complete and total loss of consciousness? What is the answer? If Jesus is God, how is it possible that he died? If Jesus died on the cross, how is it possible that he is still alive today? Answer: ARCHAEOLOGY—Have any burial places been discovered for the persons who were engaged in Christ’s life and death, and if so, where? Answer: What is the significance of the DIFFERENT INSCRIPTIONS on the cross? In the answer, please tell me what the inscription ″INRI″ means. In response, God’s justice is demonstrated via the following: the fall of man and sin, the Redeemer and redemption, a ransom, debtor and debtors, grace, justification, gospel, salvation, and the last judgment.
- What does Islam have to say about Jesus’ crucifixion and death? The answer is a crown of thorns.
- Professor Ramsay MacMullen of Yale University, Professor James Strange of the University of South Florida, and Dr. Frederick Zugibe, medical examiner, in ″How Jesus Died: The Final 18 Hours,″ a video release by Campus Crusade.
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Jesus Suffering: The 7 Surrerings He Went Through – Meredithgould
Throughout this essay, we’ll look at the many aspects of Jesus’ suffering in order to better understand why he had to suffer, how he endured, and what his suffering means for us.This year, we’re delving into the suffering of our Lord and Savior in order to obtain a greater understanding of what Jesus went through for us.What was Jesus’ suffering like and why did he suffer?Explore the texts in order to obtain a deeper comprehension of the message.
How Did Jesus Suffer?
The first thing to consider is how Jesus endured, what he went through, and what type of anguish he experienced as a result of his suffering.Jesus was subjected to excruciating bodily suffering, mental torture, and spiritual anguish.Jesus battled all three of these demons at the same time during his trial and crucifixion in the days leading up to and during the execution.In the early hours of the morning, when he was apprehended and brought before Pontius Pilate, he was put on trial for his claims that he was the Son of God.The high council and the people who heard Jesus’ declaration that he was a king did not take his assertion lightly, and they were not the only ones.
- Despite the fact that Pilate was aware of Jesus’ innocence during his trial, the high priests and Pilate acted in accordance with the wishes of the mob.
- That yearning was a punishment from the most powerful being on the planet.
- Jesus was accused of spiritual treason, which was a capital offense punishable by death.
While the Roman troops and villagers stood by and did nothing, Jesus was suffering from excruciating bodily anguish.The Bible informs us that Jesus foresaw this day coming and prepared for it.’They will insult Him and spit on Him, they will torture him and murder Him, and three days later He will rise from the dead,’ says Jesus.10:34 (Matthew 10:34) Jesus was scourged just before he was put to death.This featured the use of a whip with leather cords, sheep bones, and bits of metal wrapped around the cords to inflict hideously excruciating torture on the subject.
- This whip was created with the goal of inflicting the most amount of agony and blood loss possible.
- Large shards of metal and bone would cut into Jesus’ skin as He was beaten, tearing portions of flesh from His body with each lash.
- Because his hands were bound to the post, there was nothing he could do but sit there and accept the situation as it presented itself.
- When the lashing was over, Jesus’ back had been torn open and He was unquestionably dizzy from the blood that had been lost.
- Following this harrowing encounter, the Romans escorted Him to the governor’s mansion in order to humiliate him.
- They put together a crown of thorns and smashed it into His skull, causing blood to splatter down his face and onto the ground.
- The soldiers then began to beat Him with a scepter as a result of their actions.
- During each hit to the head, the crown of thorns penetrated and scraped His scalp, causing Him to bleed out.
- At this moment, Jesus is weak, beaten, and bleeding from the wounds he has sustained.
- Their actions cause extra suffering to the wounds on His back as they drag Him to the Hill of the Skull, just outside of Golgotha, where He will be crucified.
- When they come, Jesus’ wounded body is scarcely distinguishable from the rest of him.
- It is now necessary to make preparations for the crucifixion.
- ″Behold, my servant will behave well, and he will be risen and exalted to a position of great honor.
- Many people were terrified by him because his appearance was so damaged beyond the recognition of any human person, and his shape was so scarred beyond the recognition of any human resemblance – and he will sprinkle many nations, and rulers will close their mouths as a result of his appearance.
As a result of what they have not been informed of, they will perceive, and they will comprehend what they have not been informed of.″ Chapter 52:13-15 (Isaiah 52:13-15) Once again, the Bible informs us that Jesus was aware of the approaching day.Despite the fact that the book of Isaiah was written hundreds of years before this, he was aware that the day would come.The crucifixion had nothing to do with Jesus personally.
- I think it’s critical that we understand what’s going on.
- Crusifiction was a tactic employed by the Romans during Biblical times to shame, torment, and execute criminals, non-citizens, and anybody else who posed a danger to Roman authority.
- This manner of execution was regarded to be the most disgusting and degrading, and it was reserved for the most deplorable members of society.
- When we keep this in mind, we may obtain a better appreciation of Jesus’ agony, which was caused by one of the most brutal methods of execution available at the time.
Immediately before his crucifixion began, Jesus was compelled to carry his cross through the streets on his own initiative.A spectator called Simon ends up carrying the cross for the remainder of the journey because He falls while doing so.On top of that, they push Jesus down on his back on a hard piece of wood, which adds to the suffering that Jesus is already experiencing from the open wounds on his body.Large nails are driven through his hands by soldiers in order to fasten his body to the crucifixion and allow him to be hauled up on the cross by the soldiers.
When the cross is raised, they also nail his feet to the structure.The majority of those who died during a crucifixion did so as a result of asphyxia since it is impossible to breathe properly while your wrists are being supported.In severe pain and with difficulty breathing, Jesus stayed on the cross for the next six hours.Because of the tremendous amount of physical anguish that Jesus experiences, it is widely regarded as some of the worst in the history of humanity.As Christians, it is critical that we comprehend the bodily suffering that Jesus faced.However, it is possible that the emotional and spiritual damage he experienced was much more severe than the physical trauma he suffered.
If we go back to the beginning of the crucifixion account and emphasize the emotional anguish that Jesus experienced, we may compare the physical and emotional suffering that He experienced during this period.Religious authorities turned their backs on Jesus, and he was hauled before Pontius Pilate.He was accused of a number of things, all of which turned out to be untrue as time went on.And what should you do if you’re falsely accused of something you know isn’t the case?You’ll very certainly try to defend yourself, justify your position, and maintain your composure.
- Jesus felt the same way, but he didn’t speak out for himself in the process.
- As a result, he had faith that this was God’s purpose.
- In spite of the fact that the entire city tarred and feathered His name, damaged His reputation, and tore Him down at every chance, Christ did not lose his cool.
- In your role as the Son of God, it must have been excruciating to have religious leaders tear you down as they spit in your face and rejected everything you said.
- While we read about it and acknowledge that it occurred, we frequently fail to see that Jesus was God manifested in human form.
- In the midst of bodily, mental, and spiritual torment, He was experiencing our sensations, emotions of our feelings, and our senses.
- It is critical for us to imagine ourselves in His shoes and consider how we would have behaved if we had been in His shoes ourselves.
- Jesus had the same instincts and wants as we do, but He chose to keep silent.
- As a result of Jesus’ rejection by religious leaders, he is also rejected by the authorities.
- As you continue to follow the text, you begin to think that Jesus will be spared from persecution in the end.
- Pontius Pilate declared him innocent since he had not truly committed a crime against Roman law, as had been proven by the evidence.
- Instead, he engaged in conduct that was contrary to religious belief.
- Pilate, on the other hand, is overtaken with timidity and caves in to the wishes of the populace, rather than upholding the principles of Roman law.
- The people cried out for Jesus to be crucified.
The exact same crowd that had hailed Him as the Messiah and cried out ″Hosanna in the highest″ now turned their backs on Him.The same mob that Jesus healed, fed, and rescued was also the mob that condemned Him to death on the cross.We have to appreciate how difficult this must have been for you.
- Imagine devoting a significant portion of your time and energy to someone or something just to have it turn on you totally.
- Not only that, but they will genuinely wish death upon you and carry out their threat.
- In fact, one of the prisoners who is crucified with Jesus expresses his disapproval of Jesus.
- At this point, he is the lowest of the low, and even His disciples have refused to come to his aid in order to save him.
Rejection, anguish, and pain are all continuing to pile on top of one another.The next point we should touch on is the spiritual agony Jesus underwent during his life.While Jesus is suffering from excruciating physical agony and humiliating mental torture, all he has is his spiritual conviction that He is carrying out God’s purpose.Please allow the Messiah to come down now from the cross so that we may witness his glory and believe in him!″ Even those who were crucified with Him were critical of Him.From the sixth hour until the ninth hour, the entire area was enveloped in darkness.
- A loud cry from Jesus rang out at the ninth hour, ″Eloi, Eloi, lema shabbatthani?″ which translates as ″My God, My God, why have You deserted Me?″ Mark 15:32-34 (KJV) These verses, in my opinion, tell it all.
- Jesus had become disillusioned with his own beliefs.
- He believes he has been left, abandoned, and stranded by his own God, who sent him on this mission in the first place.
- Jesus is pleading for aid and demanding to know why God is subjecting Him to such a torturous ordeal.
- What in the world was God thinking when He subjected Him to such bodily, psychological, and emotional suffering?
Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer?
Now that we have a better understanding of the numerous difficulties and sufferings that Jesus endured, we can’t help but wonder: why?Obviously, we are aware of what the church and the Bible have to say.We recognize that Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins.But, what does this truly imply, and why is it important?There are a few hints that will guide us in the right direction.
- Going back to the night before his crucifixion, Jesus is praying in Gethsemane, and throughout his prayer he expresses his desire for the Father to take away the cup from him.
- It isn’t until the book of Mark that we learn what the cup truly represents.
- ″You have no idea what you’re asking,″ Jesus responded emphatically.
- Can you drink from the cup I’m currently drinking from, or be baptized with the baptism I’m currently baptized with?″ ″Yes, we can,″ they responded.
- ″You will drink from the cup I drink from and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but I will not grant you the right or the left to sit at my right or left,″ Jesus declared to them.
- ″These locations belong to people who have worked hard to make them a reality.″ 10:38-40 (Mark 10:38-40) The cup represents God’s wrath upon humanity as a result of their wickedness.
- Drinking the cup, He is referring to the fateful day when He stood on the cross, bearing our sins on His shoulders and taking our seat on the throne of grace.
- Because God’s anger against wickedness has been building from the beginning of time, the cup has been full for a long time.
- As this cup fills, someone will have to drink from it before God’s judgment may be pronounced against us all.
- In the event that we do not consume it ourselves, someone else will be forced to do it on our behalf.
- That someone is none other than Jesus Christ.
- Now we realize that Jesus is sipping that cup during the beatings, the whippings, and while he is hanging on the cross.
- When we take communion at church, we say, ″for our own good and for our own salvation.
- God sees Jesus as the sin that we have done against him.
He takes our place and is the means of our redemption.In this case, why would Jesus cry out to God, ″Why have you left me?″ if He was well aware of the situation?When the Holy Spirit left Jesus, He was able to sense God’s absence since He was in human form.
- It was thought to be one of the most severe forms of punishment to be separated from God.
- At the time of Jesus’ ministry, murderers were expelled from the Temple as a means of keeping them away from God’s presence.
- This punishment was defined as ″permanent destruction apart from the presence of the Lord,″ according to one interpretation.
- Is this something you’ve heard before?
God is showing us that turning away from Him will result in the death of our spiritual selves unless we repent.It carries a sentence of eternal torment as a penalty.It was necessary for Jesus to be removed from God’s presence while He was on the cross, bearing our guilt on His shoulders.When Jesus screams out in agony because of thoughts of abandonment, it is at that very time that he is totally enveloped in God’s anger on our behalf.
It is at this point that he sincerely believes the Holy Spirit has abandoned him and left Him to die.
What Jesus’ Suffering Means
Because of this, we now have a clearer understanding of what Jesus had to go through and why it occurred.The final point to examine is what this means for us in the immediate future.The solution may be found in the book of Mark, which states that Jesus exhaled his final breath with a piercing scream.The temple’s curtain had been split in half, from top to bottom, by the earthquake.So, upon seeing Jesus’ death, the centurion who had stood in front of him exclaimed: ″Surely this guy was the Son of God!″ Some women were standing at a distance, taking it all in.
- Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome were among those who were present.
- This group of ladies had accompanied him to Galilee and looked after his necessities.
- There were also a large number of other women who had traveled with him to Jerusalem.
- Mark 15:37-41 (KJV) The most important message from this is that Jesus’ suffering provides ″access.″ It implies that we have entrance to the temple of God, and that access would not have been possible if Christ had not suffered.
- The death of Jesus on the cross provided a clear pathway to eternal life.
- There is only one way to reach God the Father, and that is via Jesus Christ.
Bible Verses that Teach Us about Jesus’ Suffering
1 Peter 2:19-24
As a result, if one endures anguish and unfairly suffers as a result of one’s conscience toward God, one should be commended.What kind of credit does it give you if you take it quietly when you are being thrashed for your faults?In contrast, when one does well while suffering, and one endures it patiently, this is praiseworthy in God’s eyes.Because Christ also suffered for us and left us an example, you were called to this: ″Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth″; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, so that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – it was by His stripes that you were healed.
As a result of His suffering and death, Jesus, who was made a bit lower than the angels, is crowned with glory and honor, allowing Him to taste death on behalf of those who come to Him by the mercy of God.Because it was suitable for Him, for whom all things are and through whom all things are, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation complete by suffering, since He is the source of all things.In fact, He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are both of one mind, and as a result, He is not ashamed to refer to them as brethren, declaring: ″I will reveal Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly, I will glorify You.″ I’ll say it again: ″I’ll put my faith in Him.″ ″Look, here I am with the children that God has given me,″ he says again.In the same way that the children have eaten of flesh and blood, He has also partake of the same, in order that He may defeat him who has the power of death via death.
In His flesh, Jesus learnt obedience via His sufferings, when He sent up pleas and supplications to the One who was able to deliver Him from death and was heard because of His godly fear. Though He was a Son at the time, He learned obedience through the things that He endured.
In What Ways Did Jesus Suffer?
Jesus’ afflictions were not limited to his physical body.Judas Iscariot was betrayed: ″Judas, will you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?″ He suffered the whole gamut of human misery to the fullest extent possible.(See Luke 22:48.) Eventually, he was captured: ″Then they came up and put their hands on Jesus and grabbed him″ (Matthew 26:50).He had been abandoned: ″Then all of the disciples deserted him and fled″ (Matthew 26:56).″Now the chief priests and the whole Council were looking for false testimony against Jesus in order to condemn him to death, but they found none, despite the fact that many false witnesses came forward″ (Matthew 26:60).
- His face was spit in and he was beaten: ″Then they spit in his face and battered him.″ ‘Prophesy to us, you Christ!’ several yelled at him, slapping him in the face.
- ″Can you tell me who it was that struck you?″ (Matthew 26:67-68; Mark 12:67-68).
- His false accusation was brought against him by people in authority: ″But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not respond.″ (See Matthew 27:12 for further information.) He was turned down again: ″The governor asked them again, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ he replied.
- ″Barabbas,″ they cried out in unison.
- Pilate responded by saying, ‘Then what am I going to do with Jesus, who is called Christ?’ ″They all said, ‘Let him be crucified,’″ the Bible says.
- 21 and 22 (Matthew 27:21–22).
- His scourging was recorded as follows: ″Then he freed Barabbas for them, and having scourged Jesus, he handed him to be crucified″ (Matthew 27:26).
- ″And bowing before him, they ridiculed him, exclaiming, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’″ In the end, they spit on him, seized the reed, and whacked him on the head″ (Matthew 27:29-30).
- People laughed at him: ″And others who passed by laughed at him, shaking their heads″ (Matthew 27:39).
- He died as follows: ″And Jesus cried out again with a loud cry, and his soul surrendered up″ (Matthew 27:50).
- All of this was done willingly: ″And going a little farther, he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will’″ (Matthew 26:39).
- He also did it for our salvation: ″He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.″ You have been cured as a result of his wounds″ (1 Peter 2:24).
The Suffering of Jesus – Cities Church
Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad, William Shakespeare, Napoleon, and Jesus of Nazareth are examples of historical figures.After a recent software study analyzed digital and written archives to discover the most important persons in history based on their enduring influence, the results revealed that Jesus Christ was the most significant person who has ever lived.However, unlike many other historical figures, one of the most significant aspects of Jesus’ life on earth was his death (which was reinforced by his resurrection, which will be the subject of next week’s sermon).We’re going to look at what is perhaps the most crucial event in the life of possibly the most important person in the history of the planet…the event that laid the groundwork for Christianity.
- However, because of the familiarity and importance of Jesus’ death on the crucifixion, it might be easy to overlook the significance of the cross in our daily lives.
- Specifically, we want to pray that God would give us fresh eyes as we zoom in on this wonderful event, so that we will walk away changed, just as the hardened centurion did after witnessing Jesus’ crucifixion up close and being persuaded that he was, in fact, the Son of God (Mark 15:39).
- In the morning, we’ll go through the material by asking three questions….
- 1) What was the nature of Jesus’ suffering?
- 2) What was the source of Jesus’ suffering?
- And, third, what does his suffering imply for us as well?
- We’ll go over them one by one, but first, let’s say a prayer.
- The words that Father has spoken are remarkable, and we are pondering them today.
- Our prayer is that you, by Your Spirit, will assist us in preparing our hearts, displaying your splendor, and revealing your startling love for us in the mystery of the cross.
- We pray that God will change us.
How Did Jesus Suffer?
So, first and foremost, let us examine the text of Mark 15 and consider how Jesus was put through his ordeal.In the passage, I believe Mark is attempting to teach us about three basic types.Jesus suffered bodily suffering, emotional grief, and spiritual agony throughout his time on the cross.To begin, let us consider some of the ways in which Jesus underwent bodily anguish on this most significant day in human history.Following his arrest, the high council of Jewish religious leaders transports Jesus to Pontius Pilate in the wee hours of the morning to be judged for his claims to be the genuine Son of God and for portraying himself as a King.
- During the trial, Pilate realizes that Jesus is innocent (15:14), and that the high priests are jealous of this upstart teacher and revolutionary (as they said).
- Pilate, on the other hand, submits to the decision of the people, sentenceing Jesus to death by crucifixion – a penalty that Jesus certainly did not deserve, but which was appropriate for treason against Rome.
- Pilate orders Jesus to be scourged first, as was usual before to a Roman public execution.
Scaurging was a torturous kind of punishment delivered by a whip made of many leather strands, with chunks of sheep bone and sharp shards of metal placed throughout the whip’s cords.This tool was created to cause the most amount of pain and blood loss possible, since each lash would have peeled big portions of flesh from the body, virtually exposing the skeletal muscles fully.Jesus underwent this awful anguish at the hands of Roman soldiers as his hands were bound to a post and a large throng of people stood by and observed.And, as with so many other events on this day, Jesus had foretold it, specifically forecasting flogging to the disciples in Mark 10:34, among many other things.Jesus had lost a significant amount of blood as a result of the flogging.
- Considering that his back had been virtually torn to bits, he would have been quite vulnerable.
- After that, Roman troops transport him away to the governor’s residence, where they begin a new round of mocking and humiliation against him.
- They push the emblem of the curse that was placed on Adam’s head down onto the head of the second Adam by twisting a crown of thorns into place.
- Now that Jesus’ face is covered with new blood, the soldiers proceed to beat him over the head with a pretend scepter, forcing the thorns even further into his temples and forehead.
- As soon as the gruesome process was through, they ripped off the imitation royal robe and led him beyond the city gates to Golgotha, also known as the Hill of the Skull.
- After previously being crippled and wounded to the point of being hardly recognisable, Jesus is now about to be crucified.
- Jesus proves himself to be the fulfillment of Scripture time and time again.
- The prophet Isaiah had written in Isaiah 52, hundreds of years before this moment, that ″many were astonished at you, his appearance was so marred, beyond human resemblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind…″ ″many were astonished at you, his appearance was so marred, beyond human resemblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind…″ Jesus has actually been tarnished to the point of no resemblance.
- Here comes the crucifixion part of the story!
- When you hear the term crucifixion today, the chances are that you immediately think of Jesus.
- Nonetheless, this was a form of torture, humiliation, and execution that ancient Rome had employed extensively on non-citizens, criminals, and anyone who were considered a danger to Roman authority.
- That kind of death was relegated to the lowest echelons of humanity.
- When Mark was writing in the first century, he would not have needed to explain the crucifixion to his readers.
- However, we do not live in a period where such an occurrence is typical.
The cross-beam is forced to be carried through the streets by Jesus, who collapses, necessitating the assistance of a random stranger from the crowd called Simon to carry the cross-beam for the remainder of the journey.When Jesus reaches the summit of the hill, he is flung to the ground, worsening the already open wounds on his back.They seize his hands and drive these massive nails into them, after which they install iron posts over his wrist joint.
- He is hoisted up and attached to the vertical beam, which has now formed the familiar ″T″ of the cross, and to which his feet have now been fastened, completing the cross.
- Death by suffocation was the most common cause of death in a crucification.
- You will be unable to exhale correctly if the full weight of your body is supported by your wrists only.
- It’s enough to say that for the next six hours, every every breath Jesus takes will be excruciatingly uncomfortable.
The accumulated physical misery and pain that Jesus undergoes throughout his execution is some of the worst that can be imagined in the history of humankind, according to the Bible.The reality of what Jesus went through in flesh and blood, I believe, is critical for us to comprehend, since the first readers would have been directly familiar with the experience.Despite this, there is a pattern of psychological and emotional anguish in this literature that is maybe even more distressing than the rest.
This brings us to the second point of view inside our opening heading on how Jesus suffered: the psychological damage.We’re going to go back to 6 a.m.and see how this all plays out from a different perspective, so stay tuned.First and foremost, Jesus is despised by the religious authorities (v1-5).We learned last week that many of the accusations against him were unfounded.
- He is taken before Pilate and accused of a variety of crimes.
- Is it possible that you have been falsely accused of something you did not commit?
- You know that instinctive feeling of self-defense and justification that wells up inside your body?
- This temptation is felt by Jesus, who immediately overcomes it by remaining committed to the plan He and the Father have laid out for him.
- He understands that this is the only way things can be…
- However, it is upsetting to have your name and reputation dragged through the dirt, and it is much more upsetting to allow it to happen.
- It hurts much more since these priests and leaders are the ones who have been entrusted by God with the responsibility of shepherding and protecting his people, guiding them towards truth, and assisting them in listening to Him.
- And now that the God-man is there in their midst, they spit on him, both literally and symbolically, demonstrating their full rejection of his loving leadership.
- So that’s emotional trauma number one out of the way.
- Following that, Jesus is rejected by the authorities (v6-15).
- He is taken before Pilate, and as a reader, there is a dramatic suspense for the little minute that you believe he could truly receive punishment for his crimes.
- Pilate’s timidity in front of the people, on the other hand, resulted in a rejection for Jesus in this case.
- The genuine high King of the universe is subjected to injustice at the hands of a system that is supposed to preserve justice.
- When someone is treated unjustly, it cuts to the very heart of their being as a person.
That is something Jesus, God manifested in person, has experienced.After that, Jesus is despised by the populace (v13-15).Same Jewish throng that had lined the streets with palm branches and appeared to have received their Messiah by chanting ″Hosanna!″ As he went into the city on his donkey, he exclaimed, ″Blessed is the approaching kingdom of our father David!″ Now turn your back on him totally.
- When presented with the option of choosing between a convicted murderer and the sinless source of life, the people choose Barabbas over Jesus.
- This indicates the type of ruler they had hoped Jesus would be – one who would surge into Rome and overthrow the Roman government.
- Instead, the throngs of people that Jesus taught, cured, fed, and finally came to save would be the ones who would send him to his death.
- Even if we have not personally experienced the direct hostility of a crowd, we can appreciate how unpleasant it may be to be the object of others’ rejection and disgust once more in this context.
Even the convicts sentenced on each side of Jesus on the crucifixion turn their backs on him as he hangs on the cross.His disciples, on the other hand, are nowhere to be seen.
Our perspective on Jesus’ suffering changes as the rejection grows more intense…we enter the third vantage point, which is the spiritual pain.Although the physical torture was horrendous, the emotional rejection by each succeeding party was far more demoralizing and humiliating…In verse 33, the author explains why Jesus’ death was distinct from any other that has occurred before or afterwards.″And when the sixth hour arrived, there was complete darkness over the entire area until the ninth hour.
- Furthermore, at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ″Eloi, Eloi, lemo sabachthani?″ which literally translates as ″My God, my God, why have you deserted me?″ For the time being, I do not believe that we will be able to completely comprehend the significance of this.
- However, we are aware on some level that Jesus has been abandoned.
- He has been abandoned, forsaken, and stranded by God Himself, and he is filled with a tremendous sense of grief and loneliness that pierces his very being.
- However, he is posing a question here.
- As a result, it is an excellent time for us to pursue the issue and ask him…
- What in the world is causing the ideal son to suffer in this way – physically, emotionally, mentally, and, most importantly, spiritually?
- Why has he been abandoned?
Why Does Jesus Suffer?
Let’s take a closer look at our second question in the outline: WHY is Jesus suffering in this way?There are a couple of indicators in Mark that help us to understand this.Consider the previous night, when Jesus is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane in the midst of the darkness.Joe and I had a conversation about it last week.During his prayers, Jesus inserts this quite strange line about a cup that seems to be referring to a cup.
- ″Abba, Father, you have the ability to accomplish anything.
- ″Please take this cup away from me.″ This cup, however, is symbolic.
- It’s the same one he mentioned in chapter 10 when James and John begged to be seated on his right and left sides, respectively, when he takes over as leader.
- ″Can you drink this cup that I’m about to drink?″ he inquired.
- What is the significance of this cup?
- Several times in the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Isaiah, there are allusions to a ″cup of staggering,″ which is sometimes referred to as the ″bowl of anger″ (Isaiah 51:22).
- The cup represents God’s righteous wrath, His judgment on evil, which he will pour out in due course.
- Perhaps you can imagine what I’m talking about.
- Consider the shape of a cup.
- A large glass of wine.
- Consider the possibility that the cup is filling up with each instance of evil done by the human race since the beginning of time.
- With each drop, drip, drip, the cup of God’s righteous anger against evil fills up while He reigns as good King over all the earth.
- In addition, justice must be served.
- Someone needs to take a sip from the cup.
One of two things will happen: either you and I will drink the poison cup of God’s judgment on our sin and defiance, or someone else will have to drink it in our place.
Drinking the cup of judgment
Jesus is drinking from that cup during these final minutes on the cross.He’s squeezing the water out of the tank to the bottom.The Bible teaches that Christ ″became a curse for us″ in 2 Co