The Bible tells us that God loved the world so much that he sent his only begotten Son down to earth to reconcile sinful mankind to Himself. He became a man by the name of Jesus and was manifested in the flesh.
The Bible tells us that Jesus went about all Galilee, living among the people, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
He was falsely accused of blasphemy by Jewish leaders, arrested, put on trial, savagely whipped, hung on that cross, suffered and died for us. He died paying the price for our sins. He died for our salvation.
Three days later God raised him from the dead. He is the risen Son of God, sent from Heaven to save us from our sins. It is a story of Christ's love for us.
His Suffering Was For Us - He Took Our Place
The Bible further gives us a vivid portrait of our suffering Savior and a catalog of the sufferings, sorrows and indignities the Lord Jesus endured.
It is a ledger of our liabilities and His payment of them; of our delinquencies and His punishment for them; of our bankruptcy and His beneficence.
It is also an indictment of our shameless, shocking ignorance of the meaning of and our indifference to the motives of His suffering and death.
We have seen Him pierced by the arrows of treachery; seen Him stand alone before His enemies, forsaken by those He loved to the end; seen Him stagger beneath the cross we deserved.
Christ's veins were pierced with the venom and virus that belonged to us; His heart was broken by the sorrows we should have borne! The Bible says this to us again and again; "He took your place!"
The Cross of old Roman times won its purpose every time by killing its opponent. Jesus was alive when they hung him on that cross and completely dead when they took him down six hours later.
He died for you and me. He is the Son of God and He stepped down from His glory, placed Himself in direct line of the thunderbolts of God's wrath against sin so that we might be saved.
His Love For Us is So Great
The Bible says He bore our griefs, our sicknesses in His own body. Think of that if you are tempted to imagine Jesus does not understand and cannot feel your frailties and fevers, your aches and agonies, your sickness and suffering!
And, Christ carried our sorrows. Our Lord did not share our sorrows, He carried them. All the sorrows of a lifetime compressed into one day would kill us. But Christ bore all the sorrows of all the people of all time! And He will carry your sorrows if you will let Him.
Isaiah continues: "He was wounded for our transgressions." Think of It! Jesus was "bruised for our iniquities," not His own. He was chastised for our peace, beaten that we might be made whole.
"The Lord," Isaiah says, "hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Even Christ could go no farther than this: To bear our defilement and sin "in His own body on the tree."
What shall we say, then, as we see the sinless Son of God enduring our defilement, clothed in our filthy shame, bearing the sentence of death we deserve? He died for us.
Three days after Jesus died on that cross, God raised Him from the dead. He remained several days on earth and was witnessed by many people. He then ascended up and through the clouds where God seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.
This resurrection of Jesus Christ is what separates our Lord from all the other people who have come along in history. Jesus Christ is the only person to die and come back to life. He is the Son of God. He is God Himself along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He said "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." (John 11:25).