Jesus suffered death, endured pain, and suffered shame for you! In fact, he is the creator and perfector of our faith. And because of what he did, we are now friends of God. In other words, he restored* our relationship with God.
- * KJV: reconciled; to recover or restore God’s favor.
Jesus Suffered Death To Make You Right With God
STM Bible Lesson: Jesus suffered death
Lesson focus: Hebrews 12:1-2 (2). Bible lesson background: Jesus set the perfect example of trusting God. Therefore, we should study his human life experiences, the Gospels—Matthew thru John—to see what he did. So, we can do as he did. On a higher level, he according to Hebrews 2:10, was the perfect savior. Not only that, but our Savior also, according to Hebrews 10:14, made us perfect.
Let us look only to Jesus. He is the one who began our faith, and he makes our faith perfect. Jesus suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing. He did this because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. Hebrews 12:2 (ICB)
The blood of Christ has made us right with God. So we are even more sure that Jesus will save us from God’s anger. 10 Once we were God’s enemies. But we have been brought back to him because his Son has died for us. Now that God has brought us back, we are even more secure. We know that we will be saved because Christ lives. 11 And that is not all. We are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of him, God has brought us back to himself. Romans 5:9-11 (NIRV)
He took our pain and suffering
Yet it was our grief he bore, our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, for his own sins! 5 But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed!** 6 We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us! Isaiah 53:4-6 (TLB)
To Make You Right With God
But it was the Lord who decided to crush him and make him suffer. The Lord made his life a penalty offering, but he will still see his descendants and live a long life. He will complete the things the Lord wants him to do. 11 “After his soul suffers many things, he will see life and be satisfied. My good servant will make many people right with God; he will carry away their sins. 12 For this reason I will make him a great man among people, and he will share in all things with those who are strong. He willingly gave his life and was treated like a criminal. But he carried away the sins of many people and asked forgiveness for those who sinned.” Isaiah 53:10-12 (NCV)
All have sinned
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 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, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26 (NLT) [see also Romans 5:9, 16 and 18-19, 10:3-10; 1 Corinthians 1:30 and 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21].
His death made our salvation possible
But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! 18 Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. Galatians 2:17-21 (NLT)
Because Christ died, you (we) can be saved
Some of you are trying to be made right with God by obeying the law. As a result, you’ve been separated from Christ and you’ve fallen away from God’s grace. Galatians 5:4 (RAD)
From this time on we don’t think of anyone as the world thinks of people. It is true that in the past we thought of Christ as the world thinks. But we don’t think that way now. 17 When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new! 18 All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between himself and us. And God gave us the work of bringing people into peace with him. 19 I mean that God was in Christ, making peace between the world and himself. In Christ, God did not hold people guilty for their sins. And he gave us this message of peace to tell people.
20 So we have been sent to speak for Christ. It is like God is calling to people through us. We speak for Christ when we beg you to be at peace with God. 21 Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could be right with God. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (ERV)
Do you fully understand the suffering of Christ? Of course, most of us know He died on the cross, but what else did He go through for You? Jesus suffered from the time of His birth until He was humiliated on the cross.
Do you appreciate the sacrifice Jesus made for YOU?
He paid the price for you
All who depend on obeying the law are under a curse. It is written, “May everyone who doesn’t continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law be under God’s curse.” (Deuteronomy 27:26) 11 We know that no one who depends on the law is made right with God. This is because “the one who is right with God will live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4) 12 The law is not based on faith. In fact, it is just the opposite. It teaches that “the person who does these things will live by them.” (Leviticus 18:5)
13 Christ set us free from the curse of the law. He did it by becoming a curse for us. It is written, “Everyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse.” (Deuteronomy 21:23) 14 Christ Jesus set us free so that the blessing given to Abraham would come to the Gentiles through Christ. He did it so that we might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit. The promised Spirit comes by believing in Christ. Galatians 3:10-14 (NIRV)
Jesus endured death for you; will you suffer for him?
We are afflicted in every way, but are not crushed; [we are] perplexed, but not to the point of despair; 9 [we are] persecuted, but are not deserted [by God]; [we are] struck down, but are not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our [physical] bodies the [threat of] dying, as Jesus did [i.e., the apostles were constantly exposed to impending danger and death], so that the life of Jesus [i.e., His virtue, courage, faithfulness, etc.] may be demonstrated in our bodies [i.e., in the way we live] also. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (AUV)
No one can imagine the humiliation that Jesus went through at the hands of His own created beings (just a statement, not my opinion). You do know that Jesus was the creator, don’t you?*** The apostles went through similar sufferings as Christ, are you willing to suffer for Christ?
God is helping you to serve Christ well. That means that you believe in Christ. But it also means that you receive trouble and pain on his behalf. Both of those are gifts from God. Philippians 1:29 (EASY)
Jesus, our Lord, suffered in your place. The end result is the opportunity to enjoy the advantages of a healthy relationship with God. Therefore, keep in mind that Jesus suffered death to make you right with God! I pray that you have enjoyed and will make the most of this Bible lesson. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
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♥ Question for “Jesus Suffered Tragically To Make You Right With God”: Christ suffered for you, are you willing to give your life (suffer) for Christ?
Scriptures to read and study:
NOTE: The key verses are in parenthesis.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (2) and Romans 5:6-11 (9-11); and Isaiah 53:1-12 (4-6 and 10-12). Romans 3:21-26 (23-26); Galatians 2:11-21 (17-21), 3:10-14, and 5:1-6 (4); and 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 (8-10) and 5:12-21 (16-21). John 1:1-18 (3, 10, and 14); Romans 11:28-36; Colossians 1:15-20; and Philippians 1:27-30 (29).
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