Jesus in My Place

Jesus In My Place

Mark 15:22-41

Seven things God was Doing at the Cross

1. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” 1 Cor. 15:3
2. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

3. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

4.“Surely, he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.Isaiah 53:4-6

5.“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

6. God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.” Romans 3:25

Three Things Jesus Took In My Place

1. Jesus suffered under the judgment of God (vv.21-32)
2. He entered the darkness (v.33)

· Physical darkness represents spiritual darkness – to turn away from God always leads to darkness. (cf. 1 John 1:5-7)

· Darkness – You cannot see you, things, or others correctly. It is the same in spiritual darkness. In the Bible darkness and disintegration go together (no light leads to a withering away.)

3. He is forsaken by the Father (v.34)

Two Takeaways:

1. Jesus endured all this on the cross so that you would never know what it is like.
2. Looking at the cross may not tell you why you are suffering, but it can tell what it is not. It is not because God does not care.