￼When we examine each of the moments when Jesus had a chance to lessen His suffering, at every opportunity, He refused.
• When Accused of crimes He did not commit, Jesus said nothing in His own defense.
• When Peter reacts in anger and cuts off the ear of Malchus while Jesus is being arrested, Jesus touches his ear and heals him.
• When Jesus is offered a narcotic mixture of wine and myrrh that would give Him some relief from the terrible pain He was suffering, He refused.
• Despite His own intense suffering while on the cross, Jesus took time to comfort and forgive the thief on the cross next to Him, who was repentant for the life he had lived.
• As Jesus hung naked and humiliated, nails driven into His hands and feet, blood pouring from the massive wounds that He had suffered, He asked the Father to forgive the men who placed Him on the cross.
• In His final act upon the earth, as Jesus is near death, He announces to the world that the work of salvation is “finished,” our sins are forgiven.
• Though Jesus is taunted by the people who stood at His cross, requesting that He should “come down from the cross; if He really was the Son of God;” Jesus remained there, for us. Though He had the power to remove Himself from the cross, had He done so, every human being that has lived upon the earth, would have lost their opportunity for eternal life.
Everything that Jesus did during the last three and one-half years of His life, was designed as a benefit to people. He thought nothing of Himself because He thought so much for us. The manner in which Jesus determined to bare all of our sins and not seek to reduce any of His suffering, reveals that everything written in the New Testament is a true and accurate account of the actual events that took place. No person would ever willingly choose to suffer for another in the way that Jesus suffered for us. He claimed that He came to bear all of our sins and then when the moment arrived; when all suffering was thrust upon Him, Jesus did not abandon His promise.
I must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Luke 9:22
The precise details of all these events tells us that this is a true story. Jesus came to bear the full load for all of our sins. The reason that He did not seek to diminish His suffering and continued to think of us—even when He was being afflicted so greatly, is because He needed to suffer all of these things in order to purchase our salvation. Jesus was paying the high cost of our redemption; the punishment He received, should have been ours. This required Him to suffer the full wrath of God for all of our sins. Jesus bore the suffering that we deserved, so that none of us would have to bear them ourselves.
The Messiah shall become the bearer of all sins for all people, for all time.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 53:11d He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities (sins).
New Testament Fulfillment:
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
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 took all our sins away from us, He also paid the full price that was owed for all of our sins. He accomplished this for everyone who has ever lived. When Jesus died, He also carried away 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.
Previously, we considered the great number of sins that Jesus had 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 all placed into Jesus. I made a conservative estimate in the chapter: An Eternal Plan, 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 He experienced while 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 want to 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 the prophecy he wrote 700 years before. Jesus would bear the iniquities of the whole world in a single moment. At that singular 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. It was at this moment that Jesus cried out from the cross:
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
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 the effects of sin and seen how it had completely corrupted and diminished our lives. God knows all things. He understands what sin is and what it does. The Holy, Perfect, and Eternal Nature of God, had never been corrupted. At one precise moment—when Jesus was on the cross, God allowed Himself to be afflicted with the atrocity of fallen man.
During the six hours that Jesus suffered upon the cross, as His physical life departed His body; His Spirit and His Soul were plagued in a way that is incomprehensible for us. We know sin; He knew no sin, yet he became sin for us.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2Corinthians 5:21
While on the cross, the sins of the whole world were laid upon Jesus. They 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 to God—through Jesus death for their sins, become the righteousness that He is. Our sins are no more; our estrangement from the presence of God has come to an end. Anyone, regardless of who they are or what they have done, can be forgiven and accepted if they come through Jesus atonement for us.
All this was made possible because Jesus was willing to become sin for us and bare our reproach.
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 of our sins; we can look out onto a beautiful horizon of eternal life and know for certain that we are forgiven. There is no condemnation awaiting those who have placed themselves under the salvation that Jesus purchased for us. This prophecy of Isaiah 53 is fulfilled, as Jesus bore all of our sins and permanently removed them from our record. Jesus secured eternal life for us, and made it possible for every person to experience a joy that will never end.