The Lord Jesus feels pain for the pain of His people. All the troubles we have, as believers, our Lord Jesus knows and sympathizes with.
But the pain that Christ suffered for us on the cross, we will never be permitted to endure or know.
Jesus took away the awful pain, the agony, and bitter sorrow, of God's wrath for our crimes at Calvary.
Jesus' suffering in our place in the judgment for our sins is more than any one of us can ever know.
Surely, the Gospels describe briefly how Jesus was spit upon, mocked, brutally beaten, thorns pressed upon His brow, nailed to the cross through His hands and feet. He was strung up at Calvary, to be killed by cruel positional asphyxiation.
Satan and his minions sought to destroy the very human face of Jesus, as foretold in Isaiah 52:14. Christ's incarnation as humanity was despised by the devil so!
Our Lord Jesus was tortured unto death for us, and yet in the end, He surrendered up His life voluntarily - for no man could take it from Him!
He thereby voluntarily paid the awful price for our sin on the cross.
But on that cross, Jesus' one real complaint was this: My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me!
This was the real pain Jesus suffered for us: the wrath and judgment of a Holy God for our sins laid on the Savior. He was treated by God as guilty in our place. Jesus owned our crimes as though they were His Own. He was made sin for us.
Isaiah foretold how Jesus would be treated like a sacrificial lamb, punished unto death in our place by God Himself.
The Psalmist eloquently described both the cruelty that men wrought against Jesus, and the bereft forsaking endured by Jesus of His God and Beloved Father.
John Pittman Hey was born in 1961 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Godly parents who from the beginning raised him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. With child-like faith he came to Christ on his fourth birthday at his mother's knee. He received his education at church...