Life often places us in situations where we have a loved one who is suffering in great pain, or emotionally from a loss. Our natural desire is to be able to reach out and remove that suffering from them and place it on ourselves. We want to take their place, and let us handle the pain.
I remember watching my mother as she suffered in pain from terminal cancer. There was nothing more that I wanted to do than take that pain away from her and let me bear it. I wanted to do this because I loved her enough that I was willing to take her place, even if it meant that I would die.
If we as people are capable of this kind of love, how much more so is a holy God capable of this kind of love? It is because of God’s love for us that He sent His Son Jesus to die on a cross so that we could avoid the suffering and pain of an eternity spent burning in the Lake of Fire. Jesus took on our suffering so that we could choose not to. God loves each of us so much that He desires that none of us should perish.
Listen to this podcast to learn how Jesus suffered great pain on the cross. How Jesus suffered emotionally on the cross. How Jesus suffered at the hands of a holy God on the cross, and Jesus suffered at the hand of Satan while He was on the cross.