Why Did Jesus Have To Endure and Suffer the Extremes of Pain, Suffering and Rejection Through Death on the Cross?
Whenever I think of how Jesus died on the cross for our sins, I always wonder if there was an easier way out for us. Could God have allowed or thought of a simpler plan instead that wouldn’t be so painful and terrible? A lot of people say that if God was such a loving God, why would He allow his son to die on the cross? After thinking about this, and listening around to those who are wise, I thought I should write this hub to share my thoughts.
Why did Jesus have to endure and suffer the extremes of pain, suffering and rejection through death on the cross?
The most compelling reason that Jesus had to endure this rejected by God was to reflect God’s rejection and intolerance of sin. God is a holy God, who demands that we are pure, holy and righteous. Because of our sin, we had to be separated from God.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Because of our sin, we deserved to die. God in His grace, mercy and love, sent Jesus to bear the burden of sin (the burden of death). God does not merely dislike sin like we might have a dislike or slight aversion from certain foods. To God, sin is the total opposite of who He is. Sending Jesus to die the most terrible death possible teaches us how much God detests and hates sin.
Jesus had to endure such a painful death because He was bearing the full weight of our sin. Jesus died for those who lived in a past, those of us who are still living on earth, and those who are yet to come (eg. our future children, grandchildren...). It is in God’s divine plan that Jesus bore mankind’s sin - the full weight of it. Jesus thus had to die an extremely excruciating death on all our behalf.
Jesus rose up, and sits on the right hand of God the Father. Right now, Jesus is our perfect high priest who is interceding for us. What does it mean to be our perfect high priest? Unlike the high priests of Moses’ time who had to cleanse themselves before performing their duties, Jesus is clean and holy, just like God who is without any sin of blemish. Jesus was tortured and beat up as a man on His way to the cross, He endured rejection from His own when He was preaching, was tempted by satan when He was in the desert for 40 days... Jesus definitely knows what humans endure. Our pain, tears, and sorrows are not unknown to Jesus at all, as He has been through it all as a man. This makes Jesus the perfect intercessor for us humans, and He is the perfect person to bring forth our petitions to God.
Looking at Jesus’ death from this perspective, it does make me realize how much I have done to hurt God. At the same time, it makes me ever so grateful that God loved us all so much that He sent His very own son to die to redeem us back to Himself. Jesus could have not submitted Himself to His Father’s plan, but He knew that He was to fulfill God’s plan as the lamb of the world. Jesus was obedient, knowing God’s plan and authority so intimately that He gave up His life freely (yes He could take it up freely again, John 10:18).
Sometimes there are questions that we find it difficult to find the answers for. So often, God’s ways are much higher than our ways, that human minds cannot comprehend. I realize, that such a painful death on the cross because of sin really juxtaposes the sweet and victorious triumph of Jesus' resurrection and the conquering of sin, and it just makes me so thankful for what Jesus has done for me.
What are your thoughts on this? Please share them in the comments!