The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

The most important event in human history was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It reconciled mankind to God whom they had rebelled against ever since the Garden of Eden. God's plan after the fall in Eden was to send His only Son to die in humankind's place and thus take the punishment that we had incurred upon ourselves. As God said to the prophet Isaiah our sins separated us from Him:

"1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)

On the cross, our sins separated Jesus from His Father:

"46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)

God showed that He accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on behalf of humankind by raising Him from the dead. No longer will humans have to suffer eternal separation from God if they choose to receive Jesus as their Savior:

"14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:14-19)

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