Christ Has Paid Our Penalty
We have all sinned, and the penalty had to be paid in order for God to be just. Christ has paid that penalty. Romans 5:6-10 says, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life”.
It is such wonderful love, for Jesus to have paid our penalty for sin. Also, we read in I Peter 3:18, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.” Yes, Christ is the just, who had to die for us the unjust, so that it would be possible for us to be brought back to God. He was the righteous dying for us the wicked. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). He was the innocent taking the punishment for us the guilty. He accomplished for us what we could never accomplish for ourselves. He paid the debt for us that we could not pay. If man had not been guilty of sin, there would have been no need for Christ to have died on the cross. All people are guilty of sin. But with Christ dying on the cross, God has a way to forgive man and still preserve His own justice and righteousness. Because of the death and suffering of Jesus Christ for us, God can now be just in saving us. If our goodness could save us then it would not have been necessary for Christ to come into this world, fully God and fully man, and die for our sins.
The only way that man can be saved is through Christ. There is no other way. John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The only way we can get to God is through Christ. We also read in Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
We cannot be saved by relying on Mohammed, Buddha, Judaism, Hindu gods, denominationalism, or any other false religion. Neither can we devise our own system of “Christianity” as is being done today and expect it to save us. Only Jesus Christ can specify the conditions for our salvation, because He paid our price and is our only Saviour.
Christ went through much suffering for our sins. It is beyond our imagination what He endured. Christ came to this earth for the purpose of dying for our sins. There are many Old Testament prophesies that foretell the inevitable death of Christ. For example 700 years before it happened we read in Isaiah 53:5-6, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed….and the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Christ’s death was no accident, because this was in God’s eternal plan to redeem man.
Christ in his omniscience fully knew what was soon going to happen. In Matthew 20:17-19 we read, “Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again”.
Christ went there willingly to die for us.
Christ was both divine and human. The human part of Christ dreaded his death on the cross as much as we would if we were on death row. He fully knew what was going to happen. When Christ was in the garden of Gethsemane with His apostles the night before His crucifixion, we read in Luke 22:41-44, “And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down, and prayed, saying, Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done. Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground”.
Yes, Christ was dreading the horrible death that He was about to endure for you and for me.
The human side of Christ knows how we feel. He had the same feelings, the same sorrows, the same fears, and He experienced pain just like we do. He fully knows what it is to live a human life. On the Day of Judgment, no one will be able to point a finger at Christ and say, “You just don’t know what it is to live as a human.” Yes He does. The dread, the fear, the sorrow, the mocking, the humiliation, the spitting, the pain of scourging, and the crucifixion were all dreaded by our Lord. It hurt Him as much as it would us. Jesus did not deserve such treatment, but He endured it for our sakes, taking our punishment, in order that God could be just in saving us. He was the innocent dying for us, the guilty.
Crucifixion on a cross is the cruelest form of torture that has ever been devised by man. There is nothing worse. Our Lord hung there in pain and agony for six long hours in a slow death, enduring severe punishment, so that God could be just in saving us. What wonderful love beyond description that The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, have for us.