Sin Causes Suffering

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:6

Sin Caused the Savior to Suffer

Isaiah’s Man of Sorrows in Isaiah 53 best depicts the suffering of the Savior due to sin.

  • Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrow (v. 4, ESV)
  • But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities (v. 5, ESV)
  • He was oppressed, and he was afflicted (v. 7, ESV)
  • . . .cut off from the land of the living (v. 8, ESV)
  • . . . numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors (v. 12, ESV)

That is what sin caused Jesus to suffer. An entire chapter of the prophecy of Isaiah shows us what he had to undergo for us to overcome sin through Him.

The Savior’s Suffering Saved the Sinner

His suffering saved us.

John the Baptist pronounced Him as the Lamb of God who “takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:24, ESV). His final days were filled with confirmation of His mission to die for the sins of the world. John 3:16 famously shares how God’s love is the catalyst for Jesus making the sacrifice for the sake of the world to receive God’s gift of salvation.

Because He suffered we’re saved.

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past
— Romans 3:25 (NLT)

His sacrifice included Him enduring suffering for our sake as sinners. His suffering allowed us to receive salvation. His sacrifice made it possible for us to receive salvation.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify6 for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
— Hebrews 9:13-14 (ESV)

When we accept Him as Savior, we accept him as “the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:2; 4:10). We accept Him as the atonement for our sins, making us “bought with a price.” Therefore, our blood-stained kinship with the Apostle Paul lies in our self-proclaimed status for each saved sinner identified as a “bondservant of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:1).

We’re saved because of His sacrifice.

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