Many call Jesus ‘Savior.’ The definition of ‘savior’ is: A person who saves someone or something from danger, harm, or failure; used by Christians to refer to Jesus Christ. Why do Christians call Jesus ‘Savior’? Because He saved their soul by dying on the cross.
Jesus predicted several times that He would die.
For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. (Mark 9:31).
As astounding as it is, there are three things that make the death of Jesus even more amazing…
1. Jesus would surrender to evil.
No power on earth could overcome Jesus. Demons and even the Devil himself could not withstand His omnipotent strength. Jesus could have avoided Jerusalem. He could have stayed in Galilee where His ministry was flourishing. He could have stayed in Gentile territory where a revival broke out. But He traveled to the center of hostility and allowed His friends to betray Him, His enemies to arrest Him, and gave no physical or verbal defense.
Why? Why could Jesus surrender to evil? Because He was already surrendered to His Father. Jesus allowed His Father to make the decisions and He just accepted what His Father placed in His path. The path to peace and blessing is surrender and obedience.
2. Jesus would be tortured on a cross.
Jesus just didn’t die… He died on a cross. The cross was a means of humiliation, torture, and execution of severe criminals. He suffered pain through the nails in His hands and feet. But His greatest pain was when His Father turned His back on Him. Jesus cried, “My God, My God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
Jesus not only took on the sin of every person who has ever lived, He became sin and suffered the penalty of sin. On the cross there was an eternity separation of the Father and the Son. For a moment of time there was a break in the eternal intimacy between the Father and the Son. Jesus experienced Hell on the cross so we could experience Heaven forever.
3. Jesus would rise from the dead.
You can’t keep a good man down. Jesus promised that His betrayal, and suffering, and death, would not be the end of His story. He would rise from the dead.
There’s a beautiful description in Hebrew 12:1,2: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus endured the cross and its shame because He knew the joy of having you for ever in Heaven. Jesus would rather die than not have you in Heaven.
Will you surrender your life to the One who loves you most? He proved His love by dying for you?