“These things were written so that you might believe”
How would you feel if you had a son and he went into hostile territory to seek out and save people who would never thank him for what he had done? What would you do if these individuals falsely accused your son of crimes he did not commit and had him arrested, beaten, and executed?¹ What emotions would you feel if your son cried out to you to forgive the men who were torturing your son, and he asked you to not hold these crimes against them?² What would you do to these men, when they treated the love that your son gave to them, as garbage to be thrown out and disregarded?³
We forget that there was a Father who was watching His Son die, as Jesus hung on the cross. God planned this event, before the creation of the universe. The Son wanted to save us and He was willing to take upon Himself, all of our sins.
Consider that all of the drops of rain that have fallen upon the earth since its creation, are comparable to the tears that fell from the face of the Father, when His Son bore our sins upon the cross, suffered so greatly, and died.
Near the end of John’s Gospel, he writes that all of the things that are recorded for us in the New Testament, were written so that we might believe in Jesus and have life.
But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that by believing you might have life through his name. —John 20:30-31
The word Gospel, means Good News. The purpose of the writers of the New Testament was to tell the greatest news that the world has ever heard. God was coming to earth to demonstrate to every person that He exists, He loves us, and He has sent His Son into the world so that all of the suffering, sickness, evil, and death that we endure, would come to an end.
Jesus Claimed that He is Proof that God Exists
- Jesus said that if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father (John 14:9). Essentially, Jesus is making the claim that He and God are one and the same (John 10:30). Jesus said that the things that He said and did, prove who He is; God in human flesh. (John 10:25).
- Jesus demonstrated that He is God by suspending the physical laws of the universe in order to show His power.
- He walked across the surface of the sea. He commanded a raging storm to be calm.
- He changed water into fine-wine.
- He exhibited perfect knowledge, righteousness, mercy, and judgement, in every situation.
- He claimed the exclusive right to forgive all sin.
- He demonstrated knowledge of events that had yet to take place.
- He described the hearts, motives, thoughts, and intents of people; with precision.
- He claimed that He was without sin. The men who knew Him well, said that He was without sin.
- He described things that people would do—before they actually did them. He told people intimate details about themselves, when they had never met Him before.
- He predicted fourteen events that were perfectly fulfilled in the records of history.
- He predicted the total destruction of the Temple, within one 40 year generation. This took place 38 years later in 70 A.D. He predicted His death and resurrection; in fulfillment of the prophecies of Moses, the Prophets, and David.
- He said that He had been on the earth during the time of Abraham and had spoken to Him.
- He claimed that He alone has the right to judge the world.
- He raised a man to life who had been dead for four days.
- He healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, caused a man who was unable to speak, to utter his first words.
- He commanded a paralyzed man to stand up and walk.
- He exercised authority over the demons and commanded them to depart from those they inhabited. He fed as many as 25,000 men, women, and children, with a five loaves of bread and two fish.
- He shut the mouths of kings and rulers by His silence.
- He told Pilate that he had no authority over Him; that He was controlling all that was taking place.
- He corrected the leaders of Israel for their misuse of God’s law; “You have heard that it was said, but I say to you,” claiming that He is the author of God’s laws.
- He controlled the timing of events to fulfill His own purposes.
- He would not permit anyone to acknowledge Him as the Messiah, until the day that He had determined.
- He rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey, exactly as Zechariah had predicted; on the precise day that the Prophet Daniel had foretold that the Messiah would make His entrance into the world.
- He determined the precise day, time, and manner of His death; in order to fulfill all that was written about the Messiah.
- He said that He is the way, the truth, and the life; no person can apprehend heaven, except through Him.
- He determined the precise moment of His death, by dismissing His spirit while on the cross.
- He raised Himself from the dead, after three days.
- He fulfilled over 400 Hebrew prophecies by carefully controlling: people, circumstances, events and time itself; so that every word that God had spoken concerning the Messiah, would be fulfilled exactly as they were written.
- He said that He would return again, to judge the world and take His rightful place as King.
All of these Events, and hundreds more, are Contained Within this One Gospel
On every other occasion when the disciples had urged Jesus to tell the world who He is, He refused and said: “My time has not yet come.” Jesus was waiting for the precise day that Daniel had predicted, before He would go to Jerusalem and allow the people to proclaim Him as the Messiah.
On April 10, 32 A.D., the time for Daniels prophecy to be fulfilled, had arrived. Jesus knew that this was the point where His time had come and He would complete all things that were written about Him from the Old Testament.
Then Jesus said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” Luke 24:44
The True Origin of Jesus
- Matthew writes to reveal Jesus as the promised Messiah.
- Luke is a medical doctor, so he presents Jesus to us as a man.
- Both Matthew and Luke, describe Jesus’ beginning with a genealogy, as a descendent of Adam, Abraham, Solomon, and David; a lineage necessary to prove that He is the Messiah.
- Mark does not include a genealogy for Jesus because he is writing to reveal Him as the Servant of God who came to give His life for us. Servants do not have genealogies. John begins his Gospel of Jesus by informing us that Jesus did not have a beginning, He has always existed as the Eternal God (John 1:1).
- Later, Paul wrote that everything that exists, was made by Jesus and all things are held together by His power (Colossians 1:16-17). When we read the first line of the first chapter in the Bible, In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth;
- John reveals that this was Jesus who orchestrated the creation of the universe.
The Four Gospel writers, were attempting something that had never been done before. They were seeking to record the most extraordinary event that has ever taken place on the earth. The implications of Jesus’ presence here, are earth-shattering. God was demonstrating His existence, power, grace, mercy, and desire to save us. The Father was giving the world what was most precious to Him, His Son. The Love that God has for each person is exceedingly greater than we could possibly imagine. For The Father to allow Jesus to endure the torture that He experienced during the 24 hours of His suffering, is beyond our ability to understand. In order for the Father to allow His Son to go through that kind of horror, it could only mean one thing: This was the only way that we could be saved.
If any of us could redeem ourselves through some good work, or by joining a church or a religion, or by any other method or means; God would not have allowed His Son to come to earth and suffer the horrible torture that Jesus endured.
This One Gospel records the entire sequence of events that Jesus went through when He paid for our right to enter heaven and live forever. This salvation that Jesus purchased for us with His life, has absolutely nothing to do with what we can, or cannot, do. Our salvation rests securely upon what Jesus has already done. According to this Gospel, If we hide ourselves in His death and resurrection, we are saved.
The presence of Jesus—living amongst us, as one of us, was a profound statement by God:
“Look at my Son, if you want to know what I am like. Listen to my Son if you want to know what I have to say. Believe in what my Son is doing for you, if you want to obtain eternal life. I am giving you the most precious gift that creation has ever imagined. I am coming to you, in-person, so that you might know me and be able to live with me in perfection and beauty, forever.”
Jesus came to earth for the express purpose of bearing our sins and dying in our place.
To Bear the Sins of Many
In the Bible, the “sin bearer,” is called the goel. The root definition of the goel is: an avenger who has the responsibility to avenge the blood of the slain kinsman (Numbers 35:12-28).6 On the legal side of this issue, the avenger is not seeking revenge, but justice. On the civil side, he is coming as a redeemer or vindicator; to buy-back or redeem what was lost. This principle is observed in its clearest example by the Book of Ruth. See Chapters 10 and 160 for the story of Ruth.
When we examine the stories of the Bible (like the Book of Ruth), we see illustrations that show us what Salvation is all about.
The sin bearer was not only coming to set-free, those who were sold into the slavery of sin, but also to buy-back the lost (us), vindicate the Holiness of God, and bring justice for sin, by punishing it and ending its plague, forever.
The idea of a sin bearer is someone who is willing to take the penalty for a violation of a law. When we forgive someone for an offense that they committed against us, we are willing to let the matter go and continue in our relationship with them. When God forgives, there must be a penalty-paid; a just basis for His forgiveness. Jesus’ death for us on the cross, provided this just reason for God to forgive us. Into Jesus; all of our sins were cast. God punished His Son instead of us—thereby satisfying the demands of His law. This made our freedom possible. There was no other way that God could save us.
When Jesus volunteered to be our sin bearer, He was not simply bearing our punishment; He did something unthinkable; Jesus became our sins. Every filthy and vile act of mankind was placed into Jesus. All of the horrific acts of violence and bloodshed; Jesus became these things. When Jesus went to the cross, all the sins of every person were placed into Him. Then, the wrath of God for all these sins were poured out upon Jesus and He died.
Jesus’ suffering was more intense and deeper than anyone could imagine. For the first time in eternity, Jesus was separated from the perfect unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For the first time in trillions and trillions—endless trillions of years, the Son was separated from the Father and the Spirit. This is why Jesus cried out from the cross: “Father, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus felt this searing loss of fellowship, intimacy, love, and companionship that had been His—forever.
We did this to Him. We caused this great injury to the Son of God. Let us not forget about the wounds inflicted upon the Father and the Precious Spirit. Did they not also suffer unimaginable hurt and loss? This tearing of God had never happened in eternity. It took place at the moment when Jesus was nailed to the cross. Everything was taken from Jesus. Everything vile was thrust upon Him. His suffering was beyond comprehension.
This is the plight of the sin bearer that Isaiah describes. The Messiah will “bear the sins of many.”
Isaiah 53:12d Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul to death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
New Testament Fulfillment:
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (RCR)
The theme of the Messiah, bearing the sins of many, is recurrent throughout a large portion of the Old Testament. The fact that the Holy Spirit—repeatedly declares this statement in the Prophecies of the Messiah, makes it certain the Lord desires that we understand He has sent His Son to die for each one of us.
Jesus voluntarily surrendered His glory, power, and dominion, when He departed heaven, came to earth, and submitted His life as the payment for our sins. Jesus took upon Himself the unimaginable horrors of sin and death that should never have touched His perfect life as the Eternal God. If we were able to see what it was truly like for Jesus when He took our sins upon Himself, I think that we would be horrified.
We have all become accustomed to sin and what it does to human life. Imagine Jesus, who has existed forever—perfect and without the stain of sin, sickness, or death. In the final hours of His life here on earth; He became something that we cannot possibly imagine. Every filthy and vile act of mankind was poured into Jesus and He died as the payment for the sins of the world. The New Testament describes this entire process taking six hours, as Jesus suffered and died upon the cross.
A question that might be pondered is whether the Unity of One God, was shattered during the time that the Son was made sin and died for us? Is this a singularity that allowed an event— impossible to imagine; that the One God was no longer One because the Son, was made sin? During the six hours that Jesus was upon the cross and took the sins of the world into His Being, He was separated from The Father and The Spirit. God had forsaken Him and their eternal fellowship was broken.
It is certain that none of us really knows what happened during this time when Jesus became sin and the Father turned His back on His Son. At the moment that Jesus took all of our sins, He cried out from the cross; “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46).
I personally do not believe that the Unity of One God was broken during this time, because the Three agreed together that this event would take place, before Jesus came to earth. There was no ambiguity in their decision, therefore the Unity of One God was maintained. It is certain that something profound took place that had never happened in their eternal existence. There was never a moment when the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were not One; until Jesus was made sin for us on the cross.
We simply do not know what happened to the Father and the Spirit during the time that Jesus took the sins of the world. It is impossible for us to understand what God felt or how this affected His existence. We do know that God suffers because of our sins; how much more, when His Son took all sins?
To contemplate this moment. To understand their emotion when all sins were enveloped by Jesus. To consider the detachment of the Son from the Father and the Spirit. A knowledge that they suffered such great loss and personal assault, should humble every person and make our hearts even more grateful for what God has done for us.
Suffering For People Who Would Never Care
Jesus did not die, only for those who would receive Him; He also gave His life for those who would never receive His sacrifice for their sins. At the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus contemplated the immensity of the cup that He was about to drink from. He asked the Father if there was any other way that human lives could be spared from judgment. The response was swift and certain; Jesus must go to the cross, or we would be lost. Jesus willingly gave His life as payment for the sins of the whole world. He did this, knowing full-well that a great majority of the world would never believe in Him and obtain eternal life. It was Jesus’ desire that every person should understand that He loved them and died for their freedom, even if they would not love Him in return or thank Him for what He had done.
The sorrow that Jesus must have felt at the moment He was made sin for us, is unimaginable. I believe that the suffering that Jesus endured at the Garden of Gethsemane, and upon the Cross, is beyond our ability to comprehend as mere human beings. It is likely that it will take eternity to allow us the capacity to understand the depth of Jesus’ suffering and the grief that He felt as He made His life an offering for us.
A New Way to Present the Four Gospels as One
When we read through the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—separately, it is impossible to receive all of the information about the events that are being described. Each individual writer is recording the things that he remembered, while other writers record additional details that were not included in the other accounts. By reading each gospel separately, we miss important details that have taken place.
If we read the four Gospels together at once, we see these little details from each writer, all at one time; and this allows us to understand the story of Jesus in greater detail. An example of how important it is to read all four gospels together at once, is observed by the following example.
During the betrayal and arrest of Jesus, we see that Matthew and Mark tell us that someone who was with Jesus, took out a sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Luke adds that it was his right ear, telling us that the one who did this, was likely left-handed. John adds the final detail, that the person who did this was Peter, and the servant’s name was “Malchus.”
We would not know the entire story that took place, unless we were able to read all four gospels at the same time.
Chapter 232: The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus Matthew 26:47-56 Mark 14:43-52 Luke 22:47-53 John 18:1-12
Matthew …51 And, behold, one of them who were with Jesus, stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and took-off his ear.
Mark …47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and struck a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
Luke … 49 When the men who were around him saw what would follow, they said to Jesus, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear….
… 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and stuck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus….
This book takes the four gospels and places them before you as a single story, so that you can see all that was written about the events that happened during Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
Part I of This Book, contains all four Gospels, together at one location so that you might read what each of Jesus’ disciples wrote about the particular events that took place, in their chronological order. Part I, also includes a detailed and extensive commentary for the events that surround Jesus life, death, and resurrection.
Part II of This Book contains only the scriptures, without any commentary to detract from your reading through Jesus’ story. This will allow you to go through the entire course of events that took place when Jesus came to earth and gave His life for you; the most incredible story that has ever been recorded.
Complete and Detailed Commentary
In Part I of this book, at the end of each section of scripture, there is a detailed commentary that links all of the events that took place during Jesus’ time here on earth, and explains why Jesus said and did the things that are recorded in the pages of the Bible.
Much of this commentary is designed to be of great encouragement to the reader, such as the following text from chapter 227:
“In our life, there will be many times when we will not really understand the plans of God at a particular moment. As we experience loss, hurt, abandonment, betrayal, sickness, financial stress, or terrible conflicts in our relationships, we will ask: “How is this your plan for me, Lord?” Often we may question whether God really loves us when He allows so much pain and suffering to flood our life.
When these moments arrive, as they must for every person, we should think on Jesus and remind ourselves how much He suffered for us. Jesus felt such stress upon His body when He offered His life for us that He sweat great drops of blood.
When difficulties encompass our life, we should look back to the cross; to that moment when Jesus demonstrated, in real, practical terms; how far the love of God will go in meeting our needs. The fact that Jesus was willing to leave heaven, live as a man, allow evil men to put Him to death—all to make our redemption possible; should remind us that God does love us. On that final day of Jesus’ life, He gave all that He had; His very life, to demonstrate once and for all, that God was willing to give all that He had to save us.”
Commentary That Helps
The commentary that is included in this book, is unlike those of other publications. The intent of this author is to enable the reader to know who Jesus is and how the things that He said and did, are personally applicable to our lives today. Most people are not that interested in the theological implications of Jesus’ story, but simply want to know Him; who He is, and understand what He has said and done.
For the person who is interested in commentary that is in-depth and filled with relevant facts, the 1,200 pages of this commentary are extensive, thorough, and scholarly.
Finally, this book is also written for the person who is interested in the prophetic applications of Jesus’ appearance here on earth. This book shows how the entire Bible was written with the intent of revealing Jesus as the Messiah, in fulfillment of over 400 Hebrew prophecies.
1 Luke 22, John 18
2 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34
3 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:29