By   •   August 12, 2004   •   Topics: ,


I don't understand what Jesus' suffering on the cross has to do with our salvation. After all, lots of people have suffered just as much as He did, or even a lot worse.


Death by crucifixion was one of the most painful experiences imaginable, and Jesus’ suffering on the cross was far more agonizing that anything most of us will ever have to endure.

But Jesus’ physical suffering was only a sign of a much deeper kind of suffering He was enduring: the suffering of His spirit. When Jesus died, the face of His heavenly Father was hidden, and He was torn from the presence of God. He who had enjoyed unbroken fellowship with His Father in heaven from all eternity now faced Hell itself. This was His real agony—an agony far deeper than that which any other person has ever endured.

Why did He have to endure so much suffering? The reason is because all our sins were placed on Him, and when He suffered and died He was taking upon Himself the punishment we deserve. You and I only deserve judgment and hell—but He took our judgment and hell upon Himself. The Bible says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21). He took your place!

Why did He do this? He did it because of love! He loves us, and He wants us to spend eternity with Him in heaven. Sin is serious—so serious that it sent Jesus to the cross. But God’s love is greater, and because of Jesus’ death and resurrection we can be saved. Turn to Christ and accept Him into your life today.

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  1. R.M. Haubrich says:

    Holy cow! Wow! That is a really loaded question. First, Jesus on the cross is God punishing his only begotten Son, made in the likeness of sinful men. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He had no sins of his own. So why was he crucified? According to the Law of God, the soul that sins shall die. You break his law, you die, it is that simple. Ever lie, steal, lust, use God’s name in vain? You are guilty and shall die. Jesus steps into your law place and dies for you. He saves you from God, for God, by God. That is salvation, Jesus dies in your place. His suffering shows you that he is 100% man and can meet you any place along your life, birth, life, death, and suffering. Since he suffered in the flesh he can sympathise with you

  2. Love Ayomi says:

    Thank you Jesus

  3. Jeyakumar says:

    I thank you Lord Jesus for the hope we have in you. Because you loved us, you bore the penalty on the cross for me.

  4. ofstedahl says:

    A legitimate question but the response,”he suffered because sins were placed on him” does not address the substance of the question which was “What does that have to do with salvation?”

    1. John828 says:

      I agree, miss the question completely


    Jesus is a father never to be forgotten,in this life and in life eternity

  6. OBOR FRED says:


  7. Wisdom hamello says:

    Thank you Jesus for saving me

  8. Lawrence0106@google.coom 9830131409 says:

    It the heart touching message.if someone feel or understand he or she would not feel,think worse for any body