Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer So Badly?
We are able to die to sin and live to righteousness because he himself bore our sins in his body on the cross. You have been cured as a result of his wounds” (1 Peter 2:24). It was necessary for Christ to die in order to atone for our sins. “The Bible claims that Jesus was raised not only as a result of the bloodshed, but as a result of it,” argues John Piper. But what was it about his demise that was so horrific? What was it that Christ accomplished by dying publicly that could not have been accomplished in a private setting?
Humiliating the Criminal
An audience was invited to witness Jesus, the renowned Rabbi, die in the place of a murderer in the place of the murderer. He died alongside two thieves in a display intended to dissuade would-be offenders, preserve order via terror, and also deepen the dishonor of those who had been convicted of a criminal offense. The religious leaders and the Roman government were attempting to demonstrate that they had completely eliminated Jesus, both as a person and as a movement that threatened to challenge their dominance.
Neel Burton, humiliation deprives a person of their social standing.
- They bowed their heads before him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” as they bowed their heads before him.
- Because of this, we may be certain that Jesus knows the agony of shame.
- By association, he was found to be guilty.
- Jesus, on the other hand, was not deafeningly silent out of embarrassment; he had already said enough.
Ministry from the Cross
In his effort to even breathe while on the cross, Jesus spoke every syllable with the intent of swallowing his shame and humiliation. He offered forgiveness and restoration to the thieves, and one of them graciously accepted his offer of assistance. He pleaded with the Father to pardon them for what they had done. It was Jesus’ intention that his mother and his loving disciple would care after one another at all times. He did not spend any of his breath on criticism, illustrating how to love one’s adversaries even when they are torturing you.
- Jesus used this as an example of how he was able to turn the tables and “disarm the rulers and authorities and bring them to open disgrace by triumphing over them in him” (Colossians 2:15).
- It was impossible to make a reasonable argument that Christ was not actually dead when he was buried in the tomb at the time.
- Upon his resurrection and continued public work, Jesus not only beat death but also demonstrated his status as the Messiah, and the movement thrived rather than dwindled.
- This had a profound impact on some of the audience members and has continued to cement his message to this day.
- As soldiers bet on his garments, “Jesus begged for their forgiveness, not for His own escape,” according to the Bible.
He lived and died according to the principles he taught. According to the legendary Centurion, who wrote about him after his death, “Truly, this man was the Son of God!” (See Mark 15:39.)
The Longest Day
Victims of crucifixion often died only after a soldier had broken their legs and they were unable to push against their feet to draw a breath because they were powerless. Although Jesus was crucified for only a few hours, his anguish did not begin then, as some believe. In the Garden of Gethsemane, when Christ prayed to his Father about the pain he knew would befall him, the beginning of his death was signaled. He even breaks out in a cold sweat. Immanuel was detained before the day had even began, and he was subjected to his first attack shortly after.
- The length of time Christ hung on the cross varies depending on who you ask: from as little as three to six hours, on average.
- The fact that Pilate should have died was news to him, which astonished him.
- Physical destruction was predicted in Isaiah 53:5, including the crushing of everything from Jesus’ status to his physical body, but not his intellect.
- Throughout his agony, Jesus, however, remained true to his character and his mission.
- We know this was the actual Messiah because of his stripes and his perseverance; he is God’s own Son, on whom our hope is built.
A Brutal Suffering
Dr. C. Truman Davis describes the scouring that took place before the crucifixion as follows: “A terrible flogging in which the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable jumble of shredded, bleeding flesh,” says Dr. Davis. Jesus, who was dressed in a robe and a crown of thorns, was beaten around the head, causing further blood. In addition to more bleeding, when his robe was aggressively removed, it stuck to blood and serum clots that had formed in the wounds and caused further bleeding.
As a result, the two robbers who were standing next to him would not have sustained the same awful injuries as Jesus.
Their transgressions were little in comparison to the Messiah’s.
Intensity of Sin
Christ, on the other hand, was not paying for a lifetime’s worth of crimes; rather, he was paying for all of the sins of men and women throughout history and into the future. His death was as terrible as our sin was deceitful, and he died for both. In the words of Jesus, “He went to the cross for one reason: to offer himself as the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for our sins.” We have sinned and are guilty in the eyes of God, and we deserve to die as a result of our transgressions.” God is holy and righteous, and sin must be punished, is the unambiguous statement of the truth.
- In sending his own Son in the shape of sinful flesh and for sin, God condemned sin in its physical manifestation.
- Christ’s body was broken in the same way as the world was broken.
- The most devastating blow, on the other hand, is one that believers will never have to endure.
- In the words of Thabiti Anyabwile, “This is the deepest, most darkest phase of Jesus’ agony.” “There was a lot of social desertion, but it came from outside.” Emotional abandonment was agonizing for Jesus, but only on the inside.
“There was a rip in the basic fabric of the bond between Father and Son,” says the author. Authentic agony is what believers have been delivered from by the sacrifice of Christ.
Payment for Sin, Our Hope in Christ
The suffering of Jesus resulted in his perfection (Hebrews 2:10), and those who remain in Christ are also being perfected (Hebrews 10:14). Christ defeated darkness by rising from the tomb, and we, too, have been risen from the dead, yet we continue to suffer as a result. Meanwhile, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who, in every regard, has been tempted in the same way that we are, but has come out of it unstained” (Hebrews 4:15). He’d been through it all: humiliation, degradation, physical anguish, mocking, rejection, betrayal, searing pain, dread, and unjust charges, among other things.
- “You have been cured as a result of his wounds” (1 Peter 2:24).
- His resurrection was every bit as stunning as his death had been horrifying.
- Further reading may be found at: Christ Suffered and Died for the Following Seven Reasons Humiliation and Its Effects on the Psyche What Was the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion?
- The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ as Seen Through the Eyes of a Physician Is there any evidence of Jesus that is not found in the Bible?
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Why did Jesus have to suffer and die?
On April 14, 2017, Martica.Luckey posted a blog entry. You’ve probably heard the same kinds of explanations that I have. Prior to the birth of Jesus, sinful mankind owed God an amount so great that no human being could ever repay it in full. As a result, God sent Jesus to suffer for our sins, so canceling the debt for all time. This is the one we are most familiar with, particularly in the Western world, yet it does not provide a solution to the subject of pain. In order to pay off a debt to himself, what type of parent demands the death of his son?
- God died on the cross for the sins of the world, putting a stop to divine accounting via the deliberate sacrifice of divine power and becoming a God who suffers alongside us, according to the viewpoint that resonates most with me.
- All of these points of view are supported by the Bible, but I have come to believe that Jesus’ suffering was not God’s will at all on occasion.
- Normal folks like you and me, who prefer dead messiahs over living ones because living messiahs are far more difficult to tame, were the driving force behind it.
- When the world objected to that justice – when the world despised that love – God’s will did not allow Jesus to abandon his identity as Jesus.
- At the end of the day, I make no claim to understanding the reasons for Jesus’ suffering and death.
- The crucifixion is at the heart of the story, and the stunning affirmation that God was there during Jesus’ suffering and death is at the center of the story.
- The crucifixion is in the center, providing confidence that God has endured the worst that could ever happen to any of us on this earth.
In his book, Thank God It’s Friday, William Willimon recalls the story of a woman who came to him to express her dissatisfaction with her church’s reputation as a “happy church.” “Everything is so positive and enthusiastic right now.
He’s in such excruciatingly good spirits.
I explained that it was “hell” to be going through a difficult period in one’s life while having to attend a joyful church.
Easter is considered to be overly beautiful by some.
The land of milk and honey is where they aspire to dwell one day, but for the time being, Good Friday is a better match for their souls because of the pain, the merciless truth about suffering, and the heavy cost of love.
Yes, they do.
What gives them hope is the knowledge that God is suffering alongside them.
Brent Barry, who is also its senior pastor.
Brent and NorthPark are deeply committed to working with the impoverished and hungry in Dallas, to assisting individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and to reaching out across religious and cultural boundaries to do their lot to bring Dallas together as an one community.
Why did Jesus have to experience so much suffering?
Written by Martica.Luckey on April 14, 2017 in Uncategorized. All of the reasons you’ve heard are the same ones I have. Sinful mankind owed God so much money that no human being could ever repay it all. This was the situation before to the birth of Jesus. And as a result, God sent his Son to die in our place, wiping away all of our sins forever. We are most familiar with this one, especially in the Western world, yet it does not provide a solution to the problem of pain. In order to pay off a debt to himself, what type of parent demands the death of his own kid.
- God died on the cross for the sins of the world, putting a stop to divine accounting via the deliberate sacrifice of divine power and becoming a God who suffers alongside us, according to the viewpoint that resonates the most with me.
- However, I believe that the suffering of Jesus was not God’s will at all, which is contrary to everything written in the Bible.
- Normal folks like you and me, who prefer dead messiahs over living ones since living messiahs are far more difficult to tame, were the driving force behind this decision.
- Despite this, God’s will did not give Jesus permission to quit being Jesus when the world objected to that justice – when the world despised his love.
- The crucifixion, I believe, is at the heart of our religion, and the remarkable declaration that God was present – that in the agony and death of that innocent, decent man, God’s love for the world is fully exposed – stands at the core of our faith.
- Everything is correct.
- As God draws close to your and my lives at their most human, insecure, and vulnerable, the cross is at the core of everything.
Everybody and everything seems to be in a good mood.
he’s in such excruciatingly good mood ‘Awesome’ is the only word that can be used to describe anything.
I explained that it was “hell” to be going through a difficult period in one’s life while having to attend a joyful church.
They complain that Easter is too beautiful.
That doesn’t mean they have no interest in the outcome of the game this Sunday.
All they think is that God is holding back all of the wonderful news until then.
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Why Did Jesus Suffer and Die?
“Via one mansin, death entered the world, and death entered the world through sin.” — Romans 5:12 (NIV) What would you answer if someone asked you, “Do you want to live forever?” What would you respond? The vast majority of individuals would undoubtedly respond that they want to, but that they believe it is unreasonable to even consider doing so right now. Death, according to some, is a normal aspect of life and the inevitable consequence of our existence. Imagine, though, that the question was put in the other manner, and you were asked, “Are you prepared to die?” Under normal conditions, the vast majority of people would say no.
- Regardless of the challenges and tribulations we endure, our basic and natural urge is to continue to exist.
- Even more specifically, it states that “he has even placed eternity in their hearts.” — Ecclesiastes 3:11 (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
- So what exactly went wrong?
- The answers provided by the Bible are encouraging, because they have a direct influence on why Jesus suffered and died.
WHAT WENT WRONG
We learn from the first three chapters of the Bible’s book of Genesis that God presented Adam and Eve with the prospect of an eternal life and instructed them on how to get it by following the instructions God gave them. The text then details how they failed to obey God and therefore lost their chance at salvation. The narrative is delivered in a straightforward manner — so straightforwardly, in fact, that some dismiss it as folklore. However, Genesis, like the Gospels, provides every sign of being a historically accurate account of events.
The Bible provides the following response: “Through one mansin, death entered the world, and death spread to all men since they had all sinned.” (See also Romans 5:12) Adam sinned because he refused to follow God.
Because we are his progeny, we have inherited his evil state of mind.
This hypothesis for why humans die is consistent with what we now understand about genetics.
WHAT GOD HAS DONE
No doubt, God made preparations to redeem, or purchase back, what Adam had taken away from the world for his successors, which was the hope of eternal life. What method did God use to accomplish this? “Death is the penalty of sin,” the Bible states in Romans 6:23. This implies that death is a natural result of human sin. Adam sinned, and as a result, he perished. In the same way, we sin and as a result, we are exposed to death, which is the punishment for sin. We, on the other hand, were born into this sinful position through no fault of ours.
What is the procedure for doing this?
Since one man, the perfect man Adam, inflicted sin and death upon us via his disobedience, it was necessary for another perfect man to be obedient even to death in order to free us from that responsibility.
He left heaven, transformed became a perfect man*, and died in our place on our behalf. The outcome is that we have the possibility of achieving righteousness before God and gaining the prospect of an eternity in heaven.
WHY JESUS SUFFERED AND DIED
However, why was it necessary for Jesus to die in order to achieve this goal? It would have been simpler for Almighty God to simply issue an order granting Adam’s descendants the ability to live indefinitely. He had every right to do so, and he did it nevertheless. However, this would have been in violation of his proclaimed law that the penalty of sin is death. That law is not a trivial regulation that may be ignored or amended at the whim of the government. It is essential to the administration of real justice.
- Many people would have questioned if God would do the same thing in future situations, had he decided to ignore justice in this case.
- Would he be just in doing so, for example?
- God’s faithfulness to justice in the course of working out our salvation provides us with confidence that he will always do the right thing.
- Take note of Jesus’ remarks from John 3:16, which are as follows: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone who puts their confidence in him should not perish but could have eternal life,” the Bible says.
- The question remains, however, as to why Jesus had to suffer and die in such a horrific manner as recorded in the Gospels.
- (Job 2:4; Job 2:5) After Satan tricked Adam into committing sin, that allegation could have appeared to be genuine.
- Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:45 that As a result, he demonstrated that Adam could have obeyed God if he had made the decision to do so.
- The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21 that God honored his Son for his faultless obedience by bestowing on him the gift of eternal life in paradise.
HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT
Jesus’ death did, in fact, take place. The path to an eternal existence is now clear. Do you wish to live indefinitely? We can see what Jesus was referring to when he stated, “This implies eternal life, their coming to know you, the one and only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ,” which means coming to know you, the only real God, and Jesus Christ. — John 17:3 (KJV). The editors of this publication extend an invitation to you to learn more about Jehovah, the one and only true God, as well as about his Son, Jesus Christ.
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7 Reasons Christ Suffered and Died
John Piper’s recent book, The Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die, argues that God’s plans for the world are incomprehensible, and that Jesus’ death serves those goals. “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.
- The death of Christ did not only precede His resurrection; it was also the price that was paid in order to achieve it.
- With Jesus’ suffering and death, God’s anger was finally appeased and fulfilled.
- The price of forgiveness has been fully and completely paid.
- All that remained was for God to publicly declare his approval, and that was all that remained.
- “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.
- 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.
It is my own sin, not the sin of the world, that separates me from God.
Then I see Christ enduring and dying on the cross.
“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” the Bible says in Ephesians 5:25.
Is it possible for me to become a member of the “church”?
My heart has been persuaded, and I have chosen to appreciate the beauty and abundance of Christ as my treasure.
What a ridiculous notion it is to believe that our good acts would one day offset our negative ones.
Even our excellent actions are flawed because we do not perform them in a manner that is pleasing to God.
Second, this is clearly not the manner in which God rescues us.
There is no redemption to be found in balancing the books.
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.
He put up with my damnation.
And faith in Him is the only way for me to reach God.
To serve as the foundation for our justification and to bring our obedience to a close, so that we may be declared righteous.
Being pardoned indicates that I am guilty and that my crime is not recorded as a crime against the state.
The judgement of justification does not automatically transform a person into a just person.
(The moral transformation that occurs as a result of placing our faith in Christ is not justification.
The verdict is in: Just!
We have not complied with the law in the tribunal of God.
Yet, miraculously, the Bible states that God “justifies the ungodly” who put their confidence in His favor because of Christ (Romans 4:5).
However, forgiving our sins does not imply that we have been declared virtuous.
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).
Christ’s death served as the foundation for our forgiveness and perfection.
To get for us all of the things that are beneficial to our lives.
No, not because I enjoy logic, but rather because I enjoy having my genuine needs satisfied.
The link between the two parts is intended to ensure that the second half will be completed without a hitch.
God’s absolute commitment to provide us with everything is more certain than His Son’s death on the cross.
He will provide us with everything that is beneficial to us.
All of the things we require in order to achieve everlasting happiness.
It is through him who empowers me that I am able to achieve everything” (Philippians 4:12-13, emphasis added).
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.
God in His fullness.
If forgiveness merely provides relief from guilt without also opening the door to God, then forgiveness is not good news.
If redemption just liberates us from slavery and does not bring us closer to God, it is not good news at all.
Because we wish to go out of hell, there is no conclusive evidence that we have received a new heart.
The fact that we desire these things because they bring us closer to God’s pleasure is proof that we have been transformed.
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).
When we are at our happiest, we do not want to die.
What we actually desire in those situations isn’t death, but respite from our suffering.
We’d like to see the end of the discomfort.
The yearning of the human heart is to live and to be content with one’s existence.
“He has implanted eternity in the heart of man” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
We were designed to live indefinitely.
The antithesis of eternal life is not annihilation, as many people believe.
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).
“These will be sent away into eternal torment, but the righteous into eternal life,” Jesus said (Matthew 25:46).
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 imagined. 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?
Why did Jesus have to suffer?
John 3:16-17 tells us that God sent His Son into the world on a rescue mission: Jesus came to save us (from our sins). As a result, He was forced to die. Likewise, even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but rather to serve, and to offer His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
Jesus knew He had to suffer
Throughout Mark’s gospel, Jesus made it apparent that He would be crucified (Mark 8:31; 9:12, 31; 10:33-34), and He challenged anyone who disagreed with Him with extremely forceful words (Mark 8:32-33). Although it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that the Son of God would have to die, several prophets had previously predicted this for years before Jesus was born (Luke 24:25-27). The suffering of Jesus is alluded to from the very beginning of the Bible, when the prophet Moses revealed God’s promise of a Savior who would destroy the devil through suffering (Genesis 3:15).
1,000 years before Jesus was crucified, King David rightly predicted Jesus’ crucifixion.
He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with suffering,” as the prophet Isaiah characterized the coming Messiah (Isaiah 53:3).
The prophets knew the meaning of Jesus’ suffering, and Jesus grasped the significance of His suffering as well.
Jesus rose from the dead
After Jesus had persuaded His disciples that He had indeed risen from the dead (Luke 24:37-43; Acts 1:3), He dispatched them to announce the good news to all peoples across the world (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). As Jesus and the Old Testament prophets did, the Apostles had a similar knowledge of Jesus’ suffering as did Jesus and the Apostles (Acts 2:29-32; 3:18). He was the suffering “Christ” / “Messiah” predicted by all the prophets, according to what they testified about him (Acts 17:2-3).
As an added bonus, when the early Christians were persecuted for spreading the good news, they were buoyed by another reason for Jesus’ suffering: Jesus suffered so that we may learn from his example (1 Peter 2:21).
Suffering as a Christian
In the event that you are suffering as a Christian, take heart (1 Peter 4:16)! Given that Jesus has already taken the complete punishment for your sins on your behalf (1 Peter 2:24), you will get a tremendous recompense in heaven (Luke 6:22-23)! However, keep in mind that Jesus is not only your Savior, but He is also your paradigm for living. Allow His life to reassure you that He knows what you are going through (Hebrews 2:18); His death to motivate you to respect God in your own suffering (1 Peter 2:23; 4:1); and His resurrection to excite you with the certainty of a wonderful future (Hebrews 2:18).
Remember that your suffering (1 Peter 4:12) is not surprising, because the pattern of a genuine Christian life (Hebrews 2:10-11; 1 Peter 4:13; 5:1; Revelation 1:9), like the pattern of Jesus’ life (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 1:11) is suffering first, glory later (Hebrews 2:10-11; 1 Peter 1:11).
As Jesus Himself stated: “If someone wishes to follow me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” For whomever wishes to save his or her life will lose it, but whoever wishes to lose his or her life for Me and the gospel will save it.
Or, rather, what can a man provide in return for his soul? In this adulterous and wicked time, if anyone is embarrassed of Me and My teachings, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He appears in His Father’s glory with the holy angels” (Mark 8:34-38).
Why did Jesus have to suffer so badly? What is the reason for Jesus’ suffering?
By the death of Jesus Christ, we were able to purchase our repentance and pardon. His death, as God and as the one and only perfect man, atoned for our sin. He had to die in order for us to live. But why did He have to go through so much pain and suffering before He died? The Bible provides a significant amount of detail regarding Jesus’ suffering. Following His response to the high priest’s question, in which He noted that He did everything in the open, the abuse began in John 18. One of the cops standing close slapped Jesus in the face for what he saw to be a rude response.
- After discovering that he had no legal grounds to bring charges against Jesus, Pilate made a deal to the Jewish authorities to let Him go.
- The soldiers were granted complete authority.
- They brutally flogged Him to death.
- After then, Jesus was forced to carry the heavy cross-beam to the hill of Golgotha, where the soldiers fastened His hands and feet on the cross beam to death.
- On the subject of how the suffering came to be, there is much discussion.
- Despite the fact that Jesus was innocent, Pilate was under pressure to demonstrate that he was acting in accordance with Jewish law or risk a mutiny.
- Obviously, this did not take place, and there is nothing in the Bible that indicates that this was Pilate’s intention.
We do know for a fact that the suffering Jesus endured was in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, as follows: Many people were taken aback by your look, which was so disfigured that it was beyond human resemblance, and his form was beyond that of the offspring of mankind.
As for me, hounds surround me, and a gang of evildoers surrounds me.
They divide my garments among themselves, and they cast lots to determine who will get what.
The fact that Jesus had to fulfill prophecy in order to demonstrate that He is the Son of God, however, does not explain why the prophesy had to be so gruesome.
For this reason, I will divide him among the many, and he will divide the booty among the powerful, since he gave his life in vain and was counted among the transgressors, yet he carried the sin of many and intercedes on their behalf.
However, it is not required for redemption that Jesus suffer physically—the phrase “out of the agony of his soul he shall behold and be pleased” alludes to Jesus’ mental sorrow when He was separated from God.
The decades after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension were particularly difficult for the fledgling church.
It is said that Peter was crucified upside-down, according to legend.
Knowing that Jesus willingly endured such suffering would have given them the courage to go through their own ordeal as well.
When Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” it wasn’t because of the nails or the strips of flesh ripped from His back.
Because God could not stand the thought of seeing all of humanity’s guilt resting on Jesus’ shoulders, He turned His back on Him and walked away.
When we are in our fallen state, we are unable to comprehend the full significance of being separated from God’s presence; we are all born into a state of separation from God.
If we can absorb that anguish, we will be able to have a tiny understanding of what it means for God to turn his gaze away from us.
Finally, Jesus’ crucifixion tells us what we are capable of as human beings.
News reports demonstrate that we are all capable of responding in the same way.
We are not looking for God.
Truths that are related: What is the source of Christ’s zeal?
Where does the Old Testament make reference to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? What exactly does the term “substitutionary atonement” mean? The link between God and time is not well understood. Return to the page: The Truth About Jesus Christ.
Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer for the Sins of Other People?
CBN.com When someone is made to suffer as a result of the actions of others, it does not seem fair. Innocent individuals are hurt or killed as a result of the actions of drunk drivers, terrorist bombers, or enraged crowds. Innocent children are killed as a result of war, poverty, abuse, or neglect, among other causes. Those who suffer as a result of the crimes of others do not normally have a say in their fate, yet Jesus chose it for himself. In spite of the fact that he did not want to endure suffering and misery, he chose obedience to God above his own wishes.
- Who can understand why God would ask His own Son to die in such a gruesome manner?
- What was the reason behind this?
- In that system, which was created by God, a perfect blood sacrifice had to be performed in order to atone (or make up for) the sins of the people.
- This sacrifice system met all of God’s criteria at the time, but it was not a long-term solution to the problem of sin and was eventually abandoned.
- As a result, Satan disguised himself as a snake and enticed Eve to defy God.
- Because of this event, Adam and all of his descendents have been condemned to a life of sin and isolation from God throughout the centuries.
- “I will create enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her children; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel,” God informed the snake (Gen.
You’ll notice that God made reference to the woman’s kids rather than the man’s children.
Christ’s death on the cross resulted in His defeating the devil and the power of sin by sacrificing Himself as the only acceptable and ultimate blood sacrifice.
People would no longer be impotent in the face of sin and the machinations of the devil.
As a physical reminder of this, an earthquake struck Jerusalem at the very time Jesus died on the cross.
It was as if God was saying to us, “Now you may come to Me because my Son has opened the path.” It was a powerful moment.
Give Him all you are, including the good and the terrible, and ask Him to assist you in living your life in His service.
The reason Jesus suffered for your sins while hanging on the cross was not because He had to, but because He wished to.
Do you want to have a personal relationship with God?
To come into my life and bring me your serenity and pleasure, I implore you to please do so.
Please accept my apologies for my transgressions.
Please infuse me with the power of your Holy Spirit.
Thank you very much, Lord Jesus.
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Why did Jesus have to suffer so much for us?
One student raised his hand during a recent religion lesson in my second-grade classroom and stated that he understood why Jesus died — to redeem our sins and, through his resurrection, to open the gates of heaven — but he did not understand why Jesus had to die such a violent death, involving so much torture and suffering. What does the Church have to say about this? — Fort Wayne, Indiana resident (name withheld). There are several approaches that may be used to remedy this issue. From the perspective of our sins, Jesus died in such a horrific manner because that is what it will take for us to be saved.
- As a result, Jesus bears and endures the whole weight of the human suffering that we have inflicted on one another.
- It prompts the following query from us: “Lord, are our sins truly so terrible?” “Yes,” comes the response from the other side.
- Likewise, this brings up a question: “Lord, is my soul truly worth this much?” “Yes,” comes the response from the other side.
- Thomas Aquinas, which emphasizes the comprehensiveness of Christ’s sufferings, such that, in a broad sense, he endured all of the pains that are common to human beings.
- Thomas says.
- First and foremost, on the part of men: for He endured something from Gentiles and Jews alike; from men and women alike, as evidenced by the women servants who accused Peter of being a traitor.
As a result of His friends abandoning Him, Christ suffered in his reputation, from the insults and ridicule heaped upon Him; in his honor and glory, from the mockeries and insults heaped upon Him; in things, because He was stripped of His garments; in His soul from sadness and weariness, fear, and scourgings; in His body from wounds and scourgings.” Third, it might be regarded in terms of His physical organs and body parts.
He suffered from the crown of cutting thorns on His head; from the fixing of the nails in His hands and feet; from the blows and spittle thrown at His face; and from the lashes that covered His entire body.
In addition, He suffered in all of His bodily senses: in touch, by being scourged and nailed; in taste, by being given vinegar and gall to drink; in smell, by being nailed to a gibbet in an area reeking with the stench of dead bodies, ‘which is called Calvary’; in hearing, by being tormented by the cries of blasphemers and scorners; and in sight, by beholding the tears Summa Theologiae, volume III, number 46.
As a result, Christ was able to thoroughly experience all of the many kinds of suffering humans go through.
We treated him as if he were someone you would turn your back on, and we held him in low regard.
Rather than being struck by God and tormented, we should consider him to have been pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities.
We had all gone astray like sheep, each following our own path; but the Lord placed the blame on him for the sins of the whole congregation.” (See also Is 53:3-6.) Lastly, we must attribute a portion of our understanding to the often enigmatic providence of God, who determined that this particular type of death was both necessary and efficient in our case.
Wearing a rosary
What is the Church’s position on wearing a rosary around one’s neck as a necklace, for example? —Michael Dunn, of Brooklyn, New York City. Answer: The wearing of a rosary as a necklace is not prohibited by Church law, but it is not considered to be a suitable usage of such a piece of religious jewelry. A rosary is intended to be used as a devotional item of prayer as well as a tool to aid in the act of praying. It is not intended to be worn as jewelry or as a type of amulet, nor is it intended to be hung from rearview mirrors.
It is just incorrect in that it usurps the primary goal of the rosary.
Cyprian Church in Washington, DC, and writer for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., he may be found on the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.’s official blog, blog.dcarchdiocese.org.