There is an abiding question that every person who reads the Bible will have: “Why did Jesus do this for me?” It is difficult to comprehend why someone as beautiful, perfect, and holy would come to earth and allow evil men to butcher Him. I have often pondered this question, and I have never moved past the place where I simply had to accept that Jesus did this because He could do nothing else.
There is a Being who is the very embodiment of what love is; in fact, love is defined by who He is. When the Lord saw us in our hopeless situation here on earth—the evil, suffering, sickness, and death that ruin our lives—He was compelled to act for us. His love was so great, that He was willing to lay aside His glory and power as God, to humble Himself and die for us. God could not bear that any one of us would have to stand at the place of judgment for our sins, so He stood there for us.
Isaiah writes that the Messiah will look forward and see those whom He shall redeem by His sacrifice: Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
The New Testament Fulfillment:
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus saw us ahead of time, each person who would believe in Him and be saved. These persons He chose for eternal life and predestined us to become just like Jesus.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Seeing the Results of His Sacrifice
When Jesus was contemplating the cost of the Cross and the depth of sin He would suffer, He looked ahead, and saw all those who would believe in Him and commit their lives to Him. It was this joy ahead that Jesus looked to as He moved towards the Cross. The Bible is clear that Jesus knew all these things before He spoke the universe into existence.
…in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.
Before time, space, or matter existed, Jesus offered His life for us. The book of Revelation describes Jesus as “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” This means that before God created Adam and he fell into sin and caused the whole human race to be lost, Jesus offered His life to die for us and redeem us back to the perfection God originally intended.
Why would the Lord create us knowing that we would be lost? This is a question that I have been asked many times.
The only way that anyone can enjoy genuine love from another person, is if those persons have a choice to love us or not love us.
God wanted a family of people who really love Him, and love each other. Only by giving us a choice could this happen. On earth, and in human relationships, genuine love is received from people who decide themselves to love us. If we force, coerce, or manipulated a person into loving us, this is not real love. Nothing is more wonderful than being loved by someone who does this from a willing heart.
The greatest gift the Lord has given us is the right to choose our eternal destiny. The privilege of choice permits us to decide what we will do in our life. As powerful and perfect as God is, He will not force people to love Him.
When we read the last book in the Bible we find that the book of Revelation describes people from every tribe, tongue, nation, and people, who do love God, and they are seen in heaven with Him because they want to be there. These persons will live together with the Lord, in a perfect world where there will be no more sin, evil, sickness, suffering, or death. This happened because these persons exercised their right of choice and chose Jesus as their Savior. They decided that it was wise to obey the Lord because He always has our best interests at heart.
The second important issue is the sins of those who reject Jesus and do not want to love God or live with Him. These persons are guilty of breaking the laws of God and are under condemnation for their sins. It’s not simply that they can go off and live together, there is a penalty to be paid for the sins they have committed.
The universe exists because of physical laws; human society exists because certain rules govern our behavior. If a person breaks the laws of the universe (gravity, electricity), they will die. If a person breaks certain laws imposed by a nation, they can also die. It should come as no surprise that if we break the moral laws of God, we will also die: “Behold, all souls are Mine (says the Lord); the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; the soul who sins shall die.” 
Everyone who rejects the idea that they are a sinner and the laws of God have no relevance to them, are deceiving themselves. Sin and rebellion against God are serious violations of the laws He established for all human beings. God expects us to be perfect in our moral behavior. We cannot achieve this perfection, defining us as sinners and requiring our redemption.
The secular/humanist idea of sin is that it doesn’t really exist. In this concept of life, there is no God who will judge us; death is the end of life and there is nothing afterwards. The problem is that all human beings have a conscience and this is the evidence that impeaches the secular/humanist idea of no sin. We all know when we have said or done something that is wrong. God created a conscience inside us, and it convicts our heart when we are wrong.
Evolution could not produce this artifact of human emotion. It has no useful purpose in a natural world of happenstance. Only if we were created by a thinking, sentient Being, could we possess an internal guide that tells us when our behavior is wrong.
Our conscience will naturally move us to seek relief from guilt, and the intended location of this comfort should be God. We can be forgiven and rid ourselves of guilt, simply by confessing to the Lord we are wrong. The Lord is loving and kind, consistently compassionate towards us. He understands all of our weaknesses, and He is ready at any time to forgive us and take away our guilt.
This was the reason Jesus came into the world, to take away all guilt, regret, and sorrow for our failures, and give us a new and perfect life.
People who deny sin is real and seek to do whatever they want with impunity, are deceiving themselves. By violating their conscience, they harm themselves. No one has ever achieved immunity from the effects of wrong behavior. People who try are filled with guilt and manifest their condition by depression, self-abuse through alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, and other destructive acts.
No one can avoid the consequences of violating human laws by simply denying they are relevant. No one can avoid the results of violating God’s laws by merely asserting these laws are not true. Rejecting God and His laws will not prevent the penalty for our sins from being enforced.
The laws which govern the universe and human society inflict penalties, but at their extreme, they can only deprive us of our freedom or our life. Violating the laws which God enacted, not only take away our eternal freedom and abundant life now on earth; violating these rules of conduct will also bring an eternal penalty to us in the prison called “The Lake of Fire.”
It was for this reason that Jesus gave up His rights as God and took the body of a man so that He could die for us and take away our sins. Jesus suffered the punishment we deserved so that no one would ever be sentenced to the Lake of Fire. Jesus has done everything possible to prevent us from being lost, but the final decision resides with those who have the choice. Everyone who rejects the pardon that Jesus offered, will suffer an eternal penalty for their foolish error.
Jesus looked forward from the cross, to the time when everyone who loves Him will live together with Him
As I am writing at this particular point in the book, I have drifted from my writing to thoughts of Jesus. I began this morning by having my breakfast at a popular restaurant here in Scottsdale, Arizona. As I wrote these words, I began to imagine the excitement the Lord must be feeling at this time, knowing that He is about to return to earth and remove His bride and bring to a conclusion all the events that these prophecies describe.
We all understand the anticipation that comes from knowing that a particularly enjoyable event is about to happen. As the day draws near, our joy is greatly magnified. When the moment finally arrives, we can hardly wait to rise in the morning and experience all that we are hoping for. On many occasions during this life, our anticipation is rarely met by the reality of the event. Seldom do our expectations find satisfaction. In fact, it is a plague of our life that we are seldom satisfied by this world.
Imagine knowing all things, possessing the ability to see every event that will transpire during the course of all human life here on the earth. Understanding that the creatures you are going to bring into being with the wonderful privilege of choice will, in large numbers, choose not to love you or receive you. In order for this creation to become all that you had planned, you will have to depart your home in heaven, lay aside your rights and privileges as God, and allow the very people you have created to torture, humiliate, and pierce your body on a cruel Roman cross.
When this hard work of redemption is accomplished, you must wait before you can complete the salvation you came to make possible. After more than 2,000 years, and through much patience and long-suffering, you can finally return to earth at an appointed time and take your loved ones back to heaven.
Isaiah writes, “…He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days…”
Isaiah saw the joy of the Messiah as He looked ahead to behold all those who would be saved by Him. He saw the great gap in time before His first and second appearances on earth, when He would return from heaven to complete all redemption.
The fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy is found in Hebrews 12:2: “…for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross…”
Jesus saw all the events of His suffering and death long before He came to earth to die for us. He looked past the pain, to the joy of us all together in heaven. It was this joy that was set before Jesus, that allowed Him to endure the cross.
We will all have our moments of trials that will require our endurance while we wait for the return of our Lord. There will be many difficulties, hurts, sorrows, and losses during this time. If we hold steadfast and remain immovable in our constant trust of Jesus, then when He appears, we will rise to meet Him at the Rapture. As Jesus endured the cross, He looked forward to the time when every trial would be over and our time here on earth would be at an end. Because Jesus endured, we must also endure. Because Jesus trusted in the Father to sustain Him and raise Him from the dead on the third day, we must also count on Him to sustain us until He comes again. Jesus promised to take care of all our needs and keep us, as we make our commitment to Him certain.
If we should die before Jesus returns for us at the Rapture, we must trust that the Father will also raise us from the dead when the Lord arrives, and gives to us the glorious new and eternal body He promised to all those who love Him and eagerly await His return.
Jesus saw each one of us from the cross, and He endured the suffering that was required so that we might never have to endure the wrath of God against our sins. He is waiting in heaven for the final number of those who will believe in Him. When this company is finally complete, He will come again, and take everyone who loves Him and is waiting for His return, back to heaven. On that day our redemption will be complete, and the number of those who can be saved will be accomplished. Until that time, we patiently wait for the return of our wonderful Lord.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Isaiah continues his prophecy describing the Messiah’s offering of His life for us and the fact that His plan of salvation will prosper and be successful.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
John Records The New Testament Fulfillment:
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”
The Messiah Will Succeed
To those who witnessed the arrest, trial, and condemnation of Jesus Christ in dying on the Cross, His mission must have appeared to be a tremendous failure. In the eternal realm, where the plan of Salvation was conceived before the foundation of the world, the course that Jesus followed was determined from eternity. All that the Lord had planned for this great salvation was a complete success. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would prosper, and Jesus fulfilled this prophecy by completing all the work of the Messiah to the very letter.
The revelation that the Messiah would die was a hard truth to accept for the men who had been following Jesus for the past three and one-half years. They had understandably grown very close to the Lord and had obviously fallen in love with Him. None of us would like to think that someone whom we love this much would be taken away from us by death. People who have had a loved one die are familiar with the biting pain and inconsolable sorrow that is felt when someone who is a big part of our life is suddenly gone.
When Jesus told the disciples that He was going to Jerusalem and while there He would be arrested and crucified, there was immediate opposition to His words:
From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.
But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
Just prior to this statement by Jesus, Peter had declared that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus congratulated Him on hearing the voice of the Father who had spoken this truth to Peter by the Holy Spirit. At Jesus’ announcement that He is about to die, Peter is overwhelmed with emotion: “This will never happen to you!” The Lord informs Peter that his plans and thoughts are not those of the Father. God has a purpose for our lives, and our place is to accept whatever happens and to continue in our trust regardless of the suffering or loss.
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 resisted sin and temptation, to the point where He sweat great drops of blood. See the chapter, Crucified, for greater understanding of this event.
We should look back to the Cross, 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 really does love us.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah’s plan for our salvation will prosper and be successful. Though Jesus’ crucifixion must have seemed, at that time, like a terrible failure, in reality He accomplished a tremendous victory. Jesus’ death on the cross forever defeated sin and death, and destroyed the works of the devil.
The Messiah’s future success
Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and defined when this plan of salvation will meet its ultimate fulfillment: at the return of Jesus for His church:
But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
Every person who loves the Lord and is waiting for His return will receive a new and eternal body, at His return. The people who have died will receive their eternal bodies just ahead of those who are alive. Those who are alive will experience an immediate transformation of their current body into a new and eternal body. All of us will rise together and meet Jesus in the outer atmosphere of the earth, when He returns for His church. See the chapter, Coming For His Church, for a full description of this event.
Paul said that when we receive our eternal bodies, all the plans of God through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross will be fulfilled. Death will be swallowed up, and sin will no longer rule over our lives.
Difficulties will come
As you and I live out the final days of our life here on the earth, we must remember that Jesus told us we would all experience tribulation or trouble in this world. He also said that we should be encouraged because He has overcome this world.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be encouraged, I have overcome the world.”
The plan of Salvation that God had determined for the Messiah was completed by Jesus, just as Isaiah predicted in his prophecy.
 Isaiah 53:10c
 Hebrews 12:2
 Romans 8:29
 Titus 1:2
 Revelation 13:8 (NKJV) …the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
 Revelation 5:9-10 (NKJV) And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”
 Ezekiel 18:4 (NKJV)
 Revelation 20:15 (NKJV) And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
 Philippians 2:6-8 (NLT) Though Jesus was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
 Isaiah 53:10d
 John 17:1-5
 Matthew 16:21-23
 Hebrews 12:1-6 (NLT)
 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 (NLT)
 John 16:33 (RCR)
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