I have to admit I get a little bit annoyed when I hear people argue about who is responsible for the death of Jesus the Messiah. Some blame Pontius Pilate and the Roman government – who executed Him by Crucifixion. Others, blame it on the Jewish religious leaders who accused Jesus (falsely, I may add). People can argue all they wish; the fact remains that if I hadn’t been a sinner, and if you hadn’t been a sinner, nobody could have put the Son of God to death. It was our sins that put the Messiah to death!
Jesus delared that He was laying down His life voluntarily:
“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” – John 10:17-18
The truth of the matter is, neither the Roman government, nor the Jewish religious leaders really had any power to take the Messiah’s life unless He was willing to be put to death. “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” He allowed them to do it because it was His mission at His first advent to die for our sins. At His second coming in the future, Jesus is going to rule and reign over the entire earth.
The innocent dies for the guilty.
The prophets long ago predicted that the Messiah would be the sin-bearer for His people:
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him (Jesus The Messiah) the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6
When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he declared to all the people, “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John 1:29
Jesus Christ the Messiah was the Holy Lamb of God who was sacrificed in our place so that we would not have to pay the penalty for our sins. Yahovah God laid the iniquity of us all upon Him. The innocent had to die for the guilty. God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to take our place on the cross. Yahovah God is a God of love and mercy, but He is also a God of justice. He could not allow our sins and iniquities to go unpunished. So He sent Jesus to suffer on our behalf.
“Messiah also once (and for all) suffered for our sins, the just (Jesus) for the unjust (that’s us)…” – 1 Peter 3:18.
He was the fulfillment of the Old Testament Passover Offering.
Many of the Old Testament offerings were simply types and shadows of what the Messiah would ultimately accomplish on the cross. The innocent Passover Lamb which was sacrificed each year under the Old Testament sacrificial ordinances pointed to the sacrifice Jesus would make with His own body and blood in the New Testament.
Under the Old Covenant, the sinner had to bring a sacrificial animal to take his place. As the sinner put his hand on the animal to be slain he was designating this little animal was to be his substitute. The man was admitting that he deserved to die for his sins, but the little animal was instead taking his penalty. The animal would die a substitutionary death in the place of the offerer, and God’s justice would be satisfied.
That’s what Jesus did for us.
When you receive Jesus as your Saviour, you are admitting to God that you are a sinner, and that you can’t save yourself. You want to turn from your sins, make Jesus Lord of your life, and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you into the righteous man or woman that God created you to be.
Ask God’s forgiveness and receive Jesus as your Savior.
If you’ve never asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord, won’t you pray and ask Him today?
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
REAL JESUS MINISTRIES