– Inyang Okutinyang
Jesus Died Spiritually
When Jesus went to Calvary, He paid the penalty for sin and all the consequences of sin. If He only paid the penalty for sin without paying for its consequences, then He did not finish His job; He did not do a good job. Then there is something left for us to do. But Jesus finished His work. He did an excellent job upon which nobody can improve, He paid for our sin and the consequences of sin. If there was no sin, would there be sickness? No. If there was no sin, would there be poverty, oppression, problems? No. All these are the result of sin, and in dealing with sin, Jesus dealt with them. Alleluia!
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed…
The Bible says that Jesus was smitten (or struck down) of God. The Roman soldiers didn’t do that. “He was bruised for our iniquities”; it pleased God to bruise (or crush) Him, for He saw ahead the benefits that would accrue to you and I, our redemption. The soldiers inflicted some things on Jesus outwardly, but they could not put our sins on Him. Only God could do that. Hanging on that cross, all our sin and all its effects were put on Jesus – that was the bruising. God put our sin, sickness, disease, lack, sorrow, pain, all the devil’s devilment on Him, so we could be free!
We were spiritually dead. The moment Adam sinned, humanity died. If Jesus took our place then He must have died spiritually. Isaiah 52 talks about His “deaths”; He didn’t just die physically.
The Bible calls Jesus the first begotten (or first born) from the dead. He was not raised from the dead, He was resurrected. Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus, but he’s not called the first begotten from the dead. Jesus went to the region of the damned where you and I were supposed to go, and was the first to come back from there. Thus He became the first begotten from the dead; the first person to be born again.