And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)
He Became Sin for Us
God, in his perfect love for us, desires that none should perish but that all would turn to him and be forgiven. So to make this possible, Jesus Christ took our sins upon himself. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Yes it’s true, for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
Yes, Jesus loved us and gave himself for us, suffering by the hands of sinful man through beatings and whipping's and then being nailed to a cross. And then last of all, Christ died and spent three days and nights in hell. For Jesus quoting the prophet Jonah said: as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matthew 12:40) And we know from Jonah's own words that he was in affliction. For we read "I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice." (Jonah 2:2) See the bottom section of this page for more references on this truth. Also, you can download this article as a PDF at the "Articles" section on this website.
He is Risen, Yes, He is Risen Indeed
But by the power of our God, Jesus was raised from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. (Romans 8:34) For it was not possible that death should hold him. For it is he: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. (Acts 2:24) So let us be: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
A Desire for All to be Saved
For it's true that our God wants all to be saved, for his word says: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). And this is also true in the Old Testament where we read in Ezekiel: Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 33:11)
How then shall We Live?
So, if such was the case for our Savior Jesus Christ, then how should we be living our lives? Shouldn't we be sold out for him in everything we think, say and do? Let's remember Pauls manner of life which shows that he was giving his all for Christ. For he said: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) So we can see for Paul, that it was all about Jesus and nothing else. For he goes on to say: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
So Let Us Run that Race
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
And in like manner to this verse, Paul says to us: Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NKJV)
I think the key words in that verse above is, "run in such a way that you may obtain it." How many of us are condition by the lies our culture which says that everybody is a winner? Thus, we have a tendency to lag in this area of running the race? Paul is pointing out the fact that in his time there was no second place or third place and so on. For second place meant nothing more than being the first looser to cross the finish line. So, Paul is telling us to run in such a way as if there is only a first place prize and nothing else.
So, I'm bringing this all up to stimulate a desire for you to be sold out for Jesus and to share his love with those who so desperately needs him. For Jesus said: The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2)
So in closing, let it be our desire to truly recognize and see all that God the Father did and accomplished for us sinner through his Son Jesus. For in him we have eternal life in paradise. Yes, Praise you Father and thank you Jesus, for: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11) Amen
Scripture references to our atonement by our Savior Jesus:
Key verse: He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:3-5)
Scripture references to Jesus suffering in hell on our behalf:
Key verse: Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. (Hebrews 10:7)
All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version unless noted otherwise
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:8-11)