So We Wouldn’t Have To…
In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.
Did you know that you don’t have to suffer in order to be brought into the splendor of the kingdom of God? That’s right! Jesus already suffered for you and me so that we could walk in this life victoriously. The Word of God tells us that through His suffering He brought us, the sons of God, to this glorious place of peace, victory and righteousness.
On the cross, Jesus was made to be sin by the very hand of His Father. The book of Isaiah tells us that God laid the sin of the world on Jesus. We find out in First Peter that God placed the whole wicked mess in the flesh of Jesus. Even though it was lodged in His flesh, the proximity of the sin tormented Jesus in His soul. The Bible says that Jesus experienced every weakness and temptation that we will ever know. On the cross, His mind was bombarded with doubt, anxiety, and even fear. He suffered in His soul so you wouldn’t have to.
Jesus suffered in His body as well. The Bible says that sin and its nature so deformed the flesh of Jesus that you couldn’t tell He was a man. It twisted His tissue so terribly that you couldn’t even recognize Him. His very blood poured out of every wound inflicted by the torture of the Roman soldiers. Swelling surely closed His eyes to the point that He could barely see. He endured the misery of pain so you wouldn’t have to.
This suffering of pain and agony in His body was nothing compared to the anguish He endured as His Father turned His back on Him. I can almost hear His blood spattering cry, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” For the first time in history, the Father and Son were separated. He was alone and, as the Bible says, He was “rejected and despised by men.” Jesus experienced this dramatic and agonizing suffering of utter loneliness and separation from the Father so you wouldn’t have to.
The demons waited at the foot of the cross for the Son of God to die so they could drag His spirit and soul to the depths of hell where He would endure even more suffering. It was there that He bore the agony of death for you and for me. Sin is spiritual in nature, and its penalty required suffering the torture of being isolated from the presence of God in the lowest of low places. There is no doubt that the demons in hell jeered Him and tortured Him while constantly reminding Him that He was rejected and alone. Jesus suffered the agony of the second death so you wouldn’t have to.
Through His suffering, Jesus was made to be a perfect redeemer. He paid the full price. He didn’t do this in thought or from a distance. He experienced the full penalty of sin and death. He was attacked in His mind. He was tortured in His body. He was tormented and isolated spiritually. He suffered in every way possible so that we wouldn’t have to. He is our complete and perfect Savior.
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 God raised him from the dead, freeing
him from the agony of death, because it was
impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for
us, so that in him we might become the righteousness
—2 Corinthians 5:21
He himself bore our sins in his body on
the tree, so that we might die to sins and live
for righteousness; by his wounds you have been
—1 Peter 2:24