For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, (1 Pet. 3:18 ESV).
There it is – the most important event in history, the central truth of the Gospel, and the incredible demonstration of God’s never-ending love for you and for me. Jesus Christ suffered a terrible and humiliating death for the sins of the world. The holy and righteous One died in the place of the unrighteous. The innocent died on behalf of the guilty. God “made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21 EV).
Jesus died on a cross to rescue mankind from sin. His death pays the penalty of sin for anyone who trusts in him for salvation. He suffered so that “he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). That is the truth of the Gospel.
Examine your heart and acknowledge your own sin. Consider how Jesus chose to die on behalf of every one of your sins – past, present, and future. Then multiply that as many times as you can and realize that the weight of Jesus’ suffering is incalculable or immeasurable in our understanding. His suffering was beyond comprehension. Today, on Maundy Thursday, consider how your trials and sufferings cannot compare to the suffering of the One who paid it all and suffered on behalf of sinners. Then spend a few moments in genuine worship and gratitude. Praise Him! Thank Him! “Christ suffered once … that he might bring us to God.”