Christians' Beliefs About the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christians believe the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus are still as important today as they were two thousand years ago. The main belief is that Jesus suffered and died to save us, to free us from our sins. The Jesus seen in Mark’s gospel calls himself the Son of Man and Jesus’ suffering is a sign of his devotion to us. Jesus predicts his death a number of times throughout Mark’s gospel and Christians have two ways of interpreting this. Either they are the words of Jesus, or Mark constructed them to emphasise the suffering and death of Jesus.
Jesus experienced physical suffering when he made his way to Golgotha or 'The Place of the Skull'. Mark 15:22. Several Christians argue that mark wrote so much about suffering as he wanted to emphasise what it meant to follow Christ, furthermore, by becoming a Christian, you will probably have to suffer for what you believe. Those who do suffer hideous and torturous deaths, like Jesus, will also share in his resurrection. Christianity wouldn't have lasted this long, without the belief of being resurrected, resurrection also proves that Jesus is/was the Son of God, again which proves that God had the power to raise his son from death.
In Romans, Paul said that God sacrificed his only son so that humans could be saved from sin: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). The whole doctrine of this religion is based on a god sacrificing something dear to him for someone else as proof of his love for them, not because he expects anything in return. In this way, the concept of the sacrifice is very important in Pauline Christianity. It is not surprising that the sacrifice repeatedly appears in the texts of the New Testament.
In the same way Jesus was a sacrifice, only his death did not just take away the sins of a few people but the sins of the whole world. This means that Jesus was punished for all the things that people have done wrong so that they could receive forgiveness from God, we must all be eternally grateful for this. We are now put right with God by the sacrificial death of his son and we are now saved from God's anger!! We must also remember that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son and we must again be eternally grateful! Jesus died: 1.To save humans from the consequences of sin.
The bible teaches us this. It teaches us that God is merciful, but he is also just, so our sins have to be paid for. The Crucifix holds symbolism for Roman Catholics as well as Protestants. Roman Catholics see it as a symbol of Jesus death, therefore having a crucifix with Jesus on. Protestants however, see it as a symbol of Jesus' resurrection therefore having a plain crucifix.
With this Original Sin, corruption entered humanity never to leave until God the Father imposed His Word onto us so that we could be saved. This damaging corruption blinded us from seeing God in His own creation and in His own people. Never the less, God refused to abandon His people in a time of such great need for salvation. He chose to save them, but how? How could he destroy death and pay the debt of all humanity while remaining God?
The Paschal Mystery is not only in the past, it is current and in the present. This is possible because by Jesus dying on the cross for all of humankind’s sins he transcends all time and makes it present. The religious message of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus is that God’s inherent goodness and love for us overcomes all evil. This message is apparent in Jesus of Nazareth because the forgiveness and love is demonstrated by Jesus. The Passion of the Paschal Mystery is shown in Jesus of Nazareth as the extreme suffering that Jesus endured.
The following part of the paper will try to clarify the biblical view of Mill’s theory, the Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism has always been seen as an opposite theory from God’s teachings. That is not absolutely correct. Jesus gave us the major example of understanding Mill’s principle by dying on the cross. Of course it is simple to say that Jesus died for every human being and that is a proof of community spirit instead of individualism, however Jesus showed that He was following actually not His will but God’s will, what is showed on the passage before Jesus is captured by the roman soldiers: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).
The price for discipleship is a complete denial of yourself in the name of God . And the mission of Jesus is to bring this message to humankind through his suffering and death on the cross. In Mark's gospel Jesus provides his identity which becomes the turning point in the human history. Before He was teaching, healing the sick, had scraps with authorities and established a group of disciples . Was it his mission?
Take this cup of suffering away from me (Mark 14:36). When the high priest asked Jesus if he actually was the 'son of God' Jesus was faithful to God and so was killed for the crime of blasphemy. Jesus accepted his death knowing that the suffering he would inevitably endure would give people faith and hope. * Explain why the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus are important for Christians today? Jesus does drink the cu of suffering and proves that his trust in god remains although god seems to have left him.