March 14, 2012 | by: Michael Shafran | 0 comments
Why was Jesus a suffering Savior?
The answer lies in the fact that God is righteous. He cannot overlook sin forever. Because God is just and right, He must judge sin. And judge sin He did. Romans 3:21-27 tells us that the fact that Jesus had to suffer is evidence that God is righteous. He demonstrated His righteousness by pouring out His wrath on His own Son.
You see, God is committed to righteousness. If He willingly poured out His wrath on His own Son so that those who believe on Him might have life, do you think that He will not pour out His wrath on those who do not believe? He will. Those who do not believe are actually condemned already (John 3:18). Not because He does not love, but because He is righteous!
Now this may sound like bad news. But that’s where the good news comes in. If we turn to Christ and believe on Him, He credits us with the righteousness of Jesus and sees Jesus as the one who took the punishment for our sins. That is the Great Exchange! He takes our sin, we get His grace! (John 3:14). God invites all to look to Jesus to be saved from their sins.
Jesus suffered so I wouldn’t. Jesus lived perfectly – I couldn’t. Look to Jesus and live!
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