What happened at the crucifixion of our Lord and saviour Jesus, also known as Christ? Did He die; did He pay the price that redeemed us from our sins? Was there anything else that had to be done in order for us to be set free from our sins?
When thinking about your salvation, when you think about you redemption, what comes up into your mind? Do you think about Jesus that went to hell and suffered for your sin, or do you think about redemption on the cross?
Some leaders in faith, some believers in faith will say that He had to suffer to pay the ultimate price, the question remains, is this true? Are they saying these things because of their believe or what reason do they have for such a statement?
To look into the answer, we have to go back to the basics;
- What is the Gospel?
- Were people redeemed from sin before the death of Christ?
- When Jesus died, did He suffer in hell?
- How was the price paid?
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel should not be taken up lightly, people tend to take important things very lightly, and this is something that shouldn’t be in that class. The Gospel in plain terms is the Good News, what Good news? The Good News which is being referred to is the news that Jesus paid the price for us; He redeemed us from the everlasting lake of fire that we were doomed to be cast in. How did He redeem us? The Bible teaches that we should not be led astray by no-one, not even an angel coming out of the heaven. (Gal 1 v 8, 9). Why did St. Paul write this? The Lord revealed to him that some will try to lead others astray by teachings that are not Biblical, what we ought to know are all written in the Holy inerrant Word of God. God knew that people would preach stuff that is indoctrinated by man, not doctrines as per His Word. This merely mean that when someone preaches a sermon and have no Biblical backing for this, we should be on alert, we ought to study the Word and ask the Almighty to give us His revelation in order to follow and apply it to our lives.
Were people redeemed from sin before the death of Christ?
With our eye fixed on how the Jews lived their lives before the coming and death of Jesus Christ, we know that they had to perform certain offerings to show remorse when they have done something against the will of God. In some instances blood offerings were offered to God in order to show that they have done wrong, where in other times burnt offerings were given and they would be forgiven. Though the Jewish had to do all these different types of sacrifices, they were not redeemed, in fact no one were ever redeemed from their sin which they committed, the redemption of sin only occurred at the death of Jesus Christ. Galatians 3: 11, 12; Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not of faith, but, “He that does them will live in them.”
When Jesus died, did He suffer in hell?
People believing in the suffering of Jesus Christ after He died on the cross, usually turn to the book of Acts to back their side of what they believe to be true, Acts 2: 27 is normally quoted, also Acts 2: 31 is being used to cover their story. What is the story behind this verse? Are these verses telling us about the suffering of Christ, or Lord and saviours? Acts2:27; because you will not leave my soul in Hades, Neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay. Acts2: 31; he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay. It is clearly evident that the author of the book is not pointing out the fact that Jesus suffered. He is actually doing exactly the opposite, please note” …you will not leave my soul in Hades”, in other words God did not allow the soul of Jesus Christ to be punished in hell. Also take note of His outcry upon dying on the cross; Luke 23: 43; Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Having said this, he breathed his last. This verse proves that He went to be with His Father.
How was the price paid?
On numerous occasions, it had been made known that only through His blood we are saved, look at 1 Peter 1: 18,19; knowing that you were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, the blood of Christ; Ephesians 1 :7; in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Colossians 1:14; in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins. Is this not evidence enough that we were freed by His blood that flew out of His wounds. The prophet Isaiah says through His wounds we were healed(chapter 53:5) What more clarification do we need, the fact that He said; “it is finished” (John 19: 30), another sign for completing His task is the fact that the veil in the temple were torn in two (Luke 23: 45)
Also do some reading / study on the following verses:
The whole book John