This is Part 1 of 6 parts answering the question, “Who Is The One Person Who Should Have Escaped the Suffering God Allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Parts 2-6 will be posted on succeeding days.
There is one person who should have escaped all suffering. If almost all of the suffering is related to personal sin and living in a sin-infested world, then most can understand the misery by association with other sinners. All of the human race was represented by Adam and received the presence of the sin nature from Adam’s original sin. That sin nature was passed down from father to child throughout history and to every member of the human race. However, there was one person who did not receive a sin nature, because He had no human father. The Lord Jesus Christ was born without a sin nature and therefore was the one person who should have escaped suffering. Yet He was the one who suffered the most, taking upon Himself the penalty for the sins of the human race.
Jesus Was Perfectly Righteous and Deserved No Suffering
Jesus was born in a pure and holy state. Let me repeat: He was not born with the penalty of Adam’s sin and did not inherit a sin nature as did every other person in the human race. He did not receive these because He was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit, rather than a human father. Every other person is born with the penalty of Adam’s original sin and the sin nature because, as Paul wrote, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” (Rom 5:12 NKJ) The only way He could have acquired a sin nature would have been to commit a personal sin. Jesus did not and could not because He was completely dependent on the Holy Spirit as true humanity1 and He was God. How do we know that Jesus did not sin?
Regardless of what stories or false doctrines have been spread, Scripture is very clear that Jesus did not sin. John recorded for us, “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John 3:5 NKJ) Paul wrote, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21 NKJ) The writer to the Hebrews declared that Jesus was tempted in every way, yet committed no sin, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15 NKJ) Peter was clear that although Jesus was sinned against, He never responded in a sinful manner, “Who [the Lord Jesus] committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.” (1 Pet. 2:22 NKJ) He should have escaped any and all suffering!
Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.