Ask Anything: Jesus’ Suffering and Our Suffering

Another great response from Sharon Vickers.  

Question: Why did Jesus suffer for us?  Does Jesus death mean we are supposed to be free of sickness and disease?

  1. Jesus did die for us so that our sins might be forgiven. He was the ultimate and perfect  sacrifice so this could be accomplished according to scripture. (1st Peter 1-18-19, Romans 5:21, Romans 6:23) His blood was shed for us so that we might have eternal life through the forgiveness of our sins.   His suffering was in fulfillment  of the Old Testament prophecies.  See Isaiah 52:14 and Isaiah 53:10-12. His greatest suffering was being separated from his Father when he cried out “My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me”.  God could not look upon his own son because of all the sins that Jesus bore upon his shoulders for all of us.  Jesus was for the first time removed from his Father’s presence.  Jesus knew his Father’s will and sacrificed and suffered because of his great love for all mankind, and knowing this was the ultimate sacrifice that gave us all a chance at eternal life. “Greater love has no one  than this: to lay down ones life for one’s friends”.  (John 15:13)
  2. I do not believe Jesus’s death means we will be free from sickness and disease. (John 9:2 -3, 2nd Cor 4:16-17) We do live in in an imperfect world.  We were not  promised there would not be sickness or disease as that is a part of this world. Satan has his powers ever-present in this world even though God in the end is the final power. (Matt 17:14-18, Luke 13: 10-16)  What we were promised was eternal life through the forgiveness of sins.  Many times our suffering brings us closer to a relationship with God because we turn our trust to him and rely on him through whatever we may be suffering.  Faith in our God and trust in his will to be done is what he longs for in our relationship with him.

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