Those who break the law of God are considered guilty by God and are spoken of as bearing their sins.
Leviticus 22:9 They shall therefore keep My ordinance, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby…
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many…
To bear sin is to carry them.
The primary purpose of the Messiah was to carry the sins of all people to the cross and put them to death. Jesus not only paid the price that you and I owed to God for our sins, He accomplished this for everyone who has ever lived. When Jesus died, He also carried the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).
Jesus stated that it was His purpose to fulfill this prophecy of the Messiah, bearing the sins of the whole world.
John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
In Prophecy 264, I discussed the great number of sins that Jesus carried with Him to the cross. All of human suffering, every gross and detestable act committed by all persons since the first sin was committed, were placed into Jesus. I made a conservative estimate in the previous chapter that the number of these sins could have exceeded 100 trillion. If this number is even close to the actual debt that Jesus paid for us, then it is certain that the spiritual suffering that Jesus experienced on the cross was far greater than the physical torment that He endured.
There are two questions that we could ask:
1. Why did Jesus pay for the sins of the whole world?
2. Why would He pay for the sins of those whom He knew would never receive Him?
Of course the answer is that God is Good, and He loves all of us equally—those who will love Him in return as well as those who will never love Him. It is the determined purpose of God to extend mercy to every person and make salvation available to the whole world. Jesus came as the second Adam to redeem what was lost by the first Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
As Jesus prayed at Gethsemane, He was contemplating the events that were about to take place. On the cross, Jesus would accomplish the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prediction here in this 265th prophecy. He would bear the iniquities of the whole world in a single moment. At that stellar point in time, the Son of God was made sin for us. He was abandoned by the Father and no longer had a direct line of fellowship with Him.
We spend so much of our lives disconnected from the Lord, that we hardly notice when we are not in close fellowship with Him. Many people have never enjoyed a single moment in communion with God throughout their entire lifetime. Jesus had never—in eternity—been removed from His fellowship with the Father. He allowed this to happen so that in bearing our iniquities, we would not have to be separated from the Father forever.
In John’s dissertation on walking in communion with God, sin is the element that breaks our fellowship with Him. When we walk in the light, continually confessing our sins to the Father, then we remain in fellowship. When we walk in darkness by denying that we have sinned, then our fellowship with God is broken.
1 John 1:6-9 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus was without sin. There was never a time when He had been disconnected from the Father. This inexplicable tearing of the eternal fellowship of Father and Son, caused such great distress upon Jesus that He began to sweat great drops of blood.
Luke 22:44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Little is said about the suffering Jesus endured, because He had been made sin.
Never had God personally experienced for Himself, the horrors of man’s fallen state. He had only observed its effects and seen how sin had completely corrupted and diminished the beings who were once so glorious, that they we nearly identical to God Himself in Holiness. This is not to say that God did not know what man’s condition was like, for He knows all things. What God was never acquainted with—is what sin feels like when it is present in a human being.
During the six hours that Jesus was on the cross, as His physical life departed His body, His Spirit and His Soul were plagued in a way that is incomprehensible to us who know sin as a common part of our life. While on the cross, the sins of the whole world were laid on Jesus and became such a heavy weight, that they oppressed and afflicted Him in ways that will forever remain unknown to us.
Because Jesus was willing to bear this heavy load for our crimes, the justice of God was satisfied. All those who come now to God in humility, seeking forgiveness, are given a brand new standing before God as sons and daughters. Our sins are no more; our estrangement from the presence of God has come to an end. Anyone, no matter who they are or what they have done, can be forgiven and accepted by the Great God of the universe.
All this was made possible because Jesus was willing to release Himself from the close fellowship He had enjoyed with the Father—forever, and become sin for us. We gain some insight into how close the Father and the Son were, for all of eternity, and the glory that they shared together before He created the world, by the words of Jesus to the Father, in John Chapter 17 and Matthew Chapter 11.
John 17:3-5 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Matthew 11:27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
Because Jesus was willing to bear all our sins, we can now look out on a beautiful horizon of eternal life and know for certain that our sins are all forgiven, and there awaits no condemnation or judgment. Jesus fulfilled this 265th prophecy of Isaiah 53, as He bore all of our sins and permanently removed them all from our record, securing eternal life, and making joy—without end, a reality for all those who believe.
This is Part 2, Read Part 1: Only Perfect People Can Go To Heaven
Categories: An all sufficient sacrifice, Forgiveness of Sin, How Salvation Occurs, Justification, Salvation through Jesus, The Claims of Jesus, The First Arrival of the Messiah, To die for the world's sins