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Did Jesus bear our sins on the cross?

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “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.

1 Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”

Romans 3:23-26 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

Galatians 3:13-14 – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Isaiah 53:4-6 – “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. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Isaiah 53:10 – “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”

Why doesn’t God materialize and openly reveal Himself?

He did so: Jesus Christ.

But what about God materializing to every person individually?

Luke 16:27-31  And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

  1. God does not need to.  Do people reject all other well known historical figures because they have not personally materialized to them?  Where’s the consistency?
  2. God is not required to.  He has given enough light (Moses, the Prophets, and Jesus).
  3. It may not matter.  Even if God materialized to everyone, that does not mean all would repent.

 James 2:19  “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!”

Luke 13:3  [Jesus] “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Why must Jesus be both God and Man to be the Messiah?

1. Be human

The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and without the shedding of blood there is
no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22). But God cannot shed blood or die. Therefore, the
Savior must be human to identify with us, die in our place, and pay the penalty for
our sins on our behalf. Hebrews 2: 17 states, “Therefore He [Jesus] had to be made
like his brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful
high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
Propitiation is a two-part act that involves appeasing the wrath of an offended person
and being reconciled to him.

2. Be God

Isaiah 43:11 states, “I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.” But it has
already been mentioned that in order to pay the penalty of sin the Savior must die.
This dilemma is solved in the person of Jesus Christ, who is both God and man.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”