Why Would God Punish Jesus for My Sins?

Why Would God Punish Jesus for My Sins?

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you're in a conversation and someone says why would god punish jesus for what i did it's barbaric and abusive for god to require a blood sacrifice from his own son for sins jesus didn't even commit it sounds like cosmic child abuse what would you say imagine your house was burglarized and after catching the thief and obtaining a confession the authorities deliver him to a magistrate on the day of sentencing as the guilty man awaits his deserved fate the judge unexpectedly summons one of your
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innocent neighbors and sentences them to jail to serve the penalty that the thief deserved would it be fair to punish one man for the crimes of another if it's not how can we call god loving and just if he punished his son jesus for our sins to many this sounds entirely unfair and they're right while they're absolutely correct about the cruel injustice jesus suffered on the cross they're mistaken about the identity of jesus the nature of his sacrifice and the love of god
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so the next time someone says the sacrifice of jesus on the cross sounds like cosmic child abuse here are three things to remember number one jesus was not a mere human while it be unfair to punish one man for the crimes of another jesus was not a mere man instead the new testament gospels and letters describe jesus as god incarnate jesus repeatedly identified himself as god even calling himself i am the name god used when identifying himself to
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moses in the old testament jesus also spoke and taught with the authority of god and demonstrated his divine power to create forgive judge and grant eternal life that's why paul described jesus as the image of the invisible god for by him all things were created in heaven and on earth visible and invisible whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things were created through him and for him
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jesus even demonstrated he was god by rising from the grave and ascending into heaven while jesus raised other humans from death like the widow of nain's son jairus's daughter and lazarus these humans eventually died again only jesus rose from the grave and ascended into heaven never to die again his resurrection and ascension demonstrate he is more than a mere human god according to christianity is triune in nature one being and three persons god the father jesus the son and the
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holy spirit this truth is important because it's impossible to understand what jesus did for us on the cross if we mistake jesus for a mere man number two jesus went to the cross voluntarily god did not force jesus to suffer the penalty for other humans instead jesus voluntarily took the form of a human and chose the path of the cross paul wrote that jesus emptied himself taking the form of a bond servant and being made in the likeness of men
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being found in appearance as a man he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death even death on a cross jesus as a member of the triune godhead voluntarily submitted to the divine plan to rescue us god did not inflict this plan on jesus instead all three members of the godhead acted in perfect unison to accomplish for us what we could not accomplish for ourselves as paul put it god was in christ reconciling the world
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to himself not counting their trespasses against them god knew what he was doing when he took the form of a bond servant and reconciled the world to himself this was not an act of cruelty it was an act of love motivated by mercy and grounded in grace number three the sacrifice of jesus is not an act of abuse but a gift of god when jesus submitted to the cross he displayed god's concern and compassion for us
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god demonstrates his own love for us in this while we were still sinners christ died for us god was not acting abusively toward jesus he was acting lovingly toward us let's return to that courtroom where the thief who burglarized your home is about to be sentenced this time the judge rather than summoning your innocent neighbor steps down from the bench and approaches the burglar he tells the thief that he the judge will serve the penalty the thief deserves
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then he hugs the pardon man and tells him he is free to go this version of the sentencing hearing sounds even crazier than the first but it's not crazy because it's unfair it's crazy because from the thief's perspective it's too good to be true that my friends is what god did for us on the cross our situation is much like that of the thief we're fallen human creatures standing before a perfect holy creator we have repeatedly broken the moral law in one way or the other in small
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missteps or in broader leaps we deserve to be punished for our crimes but our judge the creator of the universe is willing to step down from the bench in the form of a bond servant to pardon us taking the punishment we deserve on himself that's not an example of cosmic child abuse it's a gracious gift from god so the next time someone says the sacrifice of jesus on the cross sounds like cosmic child abuse remember these three things
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number one jesus was not a mere human number two jesus went to the cross voluntarily and number three the sacrifice of jesus is not an act of abuse but a gift of god for what would you say i'm jay warner wallace [Music] you

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