WHO IS JESUS THE RESCUE?
Why did Jesus come?
Jesus came for a much bigger reason than social justice or helping us all get along better or to establish peace in the world or taking care of the poor. Does he care about those things? Of course he does, but He came for a different reason. What was that reason?
Let’s look at what Jesus said:
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.””
Luke 5:32 NIV
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
Matthew 20:28 NIV
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.””
Luke 19:10 NIV
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:17 NIV
Jesus came to save the world. What does save mean? It means to rescue. Rescue from what? Jesus rescues us from the Father. The Father is angry. We violated His Law. You can’t expect to go out and break the law with no consequences right? There are consequences for us breaking God’s law also. Jesus tells us not be afraid of those who can kill the body, but be afraid of the One that can kill both the body and the soul.
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Matthew 10:28 NIV
Why is the Father angry? Because we have all fallen short of His glory. God created everything perfect in the beginning and we went against God’s word and brought sin into the world. God’s anger is also an expression of his love for us. God is a loving God, but He is also a just God. That’s why he can’t let sin go unpunished. That’s the bad news. We’re all in big trouble with the Father, but there’s good news.
How did Jesus rescue us? With two things, His life and His death.
Jesus lived the life we were supposed to live, but we never did. Every right thing we were supposed to do before the Father, Jesus did. We broke all the rules, Jesus kept all the rules. We disobeyed, Jesus obeyed. We rebelled, He submitted. He did everything we were supposed to do. He did everything right. He lived the life we should have lived. We are saved by his life not just by his death.
He made a trade, His life for ours. His beautiful and perfect life, for our rotten lives. The trade took place at Calvary, the place of the cross. Jesus suffered as God the Father unleashed His fury upon His sinless Son as if Jesus were guilty of some immeasurable evil.
To satisfy justice God came down. To satisfy love God came down. To satisfy mercy God came down. To satisfy goodness God came down. He stepped out of Heaven and dwelt amount us as Jesus and said to the Father take me instead. That was the trade.
In Revelation 20 it says the books are open and we will be judged for everything we have done. That’s our wrap sheet. We won’t get away with anything. That is the thing that proves we are guilty when God judges on the final day, and it won’t be the Father that does that final judgement it will be the Son. Jesus nailed all those crimes we are guilty of to the cross. On that day when darkness was falling on Calvary between the sixth and the ninth hour a divine transaction was taking place. A trade was taking place. Jesus was making a trade with the Father. A punishment adequate for all humanity. When the full payment is made. When the justice of God is finally satisfied, Jesus’s last words before he dismisses his spirit to the Father is “It is Finished” meaning the debt has been paid for us.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.”
Colossians 2:13-14 NIV
The ancient prophet Isaiah described it 700 years before it happened.
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 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. 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 NIV
“After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.”
Isaiah 53:11 NIV
God came down to us in the flesh and took our punishment upon himself. We can’t earn it, it’s a gift. If we trust in Jesus, He rescues us because He has paid for us. Therefore God is not mad at us anymore. So being justified by faith we have peace with God.