THE REAL SUFFERING OF JESUS
Rom. 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
This word propitiation is a very important Bible word. It seems like many in our modern Christian world, want to throw out the scary sounding theological words. Many times we end up throwing out important doctrinal footings. Propitiation is critical, it deals with the satisfaction of the righteous anger of God against the sinfulness of man. God is not only kind and merciful, He is also holy and just. Sin cannot be ignored, the Lord had to deal with it. He dealt with it by becoming a man and satisfying the justice of God by taking our place at the cross. Christ literally took God’s judgement against sin upon Himself that we may go free. This brings us to Gethsemane, Jonathan Edwards brings out the true agony of Gethsemane, check out this powerful description of the suffering that began in that garden.
“The sorrow and distress which his soul (Jesus) then suffered, arose from that lively, and full, and immediate view which he had then given him of that cup of wrath; by which God the Father did as it were set the cup down before him, for him to take it and drink it. The thing that Christ’s mind was so full of at that time was, without doubt, the same with that which his mouth was so full of: it was the dread which his feeble human nature had of that dreadful cup, which was vastly more terrible than Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace. He had then a near view of that furnace of wrath, into which he was to be cast; he was brought to the mouth of the furnace that he might look into it, and stand and view its raging flames, and see the glowing of its heat, that he might know where he was going and what he was about to suffer. This was the thing that filled his soul with sorrow and darkness, this terrible sight as it were overwhelmed him. For what was that human nature of Christ to such mighty wrath as this? it was in itself, without the supports of God, but a feeble worm of the dust, a thing that was crushed before the moth, none of God’s children ever had such a cup set before them, as this first being of every creature had.”
This is the Victory that we celebrate at Easter, justice has been satisfied, sin has been judged, the tomb is empty, we have been set free from sin. Mankind had been imprisoned in his sin for thousands of years. You and I were born in a hopeless condition, our lives were trapped by the fallen condition we had inherited from our forefathers. When Christ appeared He came with you and me in mind. When He went to Gethsemane, the whipping post, and the cross, He was satisfying my debt of sin. When He was raised from the dead I was raised with Him, you were raised with Him, we are free. As we celebrate the Resurrection this year, realize it was also you who died and is now alive for evermore.