30. Jesus' death revealed that creation cannot survive if it is separated from the Source of Life.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us. {2 Corinthians 5:21}

Jesus never sinned. He never indulged a selfish attitude, never took matters into His own hands in defiance of God’s wishes, never distrusted God. In fact, right before He went to the cross, He cried out to God to remove the cup of suffering, if it was possible. But He submitted His will to God’s, and the cup was not removed.

Jesus had no sin, but Paul says God made Him to be sin. That means that God the Father treated Jesus as if He were the absolute worst sinner in the world. Jesus received the same treatment from the Father that all of His wicked, unrepentant children will receive in the end. What happened to Jesus will happen to them.

And what happened to Jesus? He Died. He Died, broken and alone, crying out about how His Father had given Him up and let Him go. The Father never laid a finger on His Son. Instead, He delivered Him over to Sin; He allowed the connection between His Son and Himself to be severed, and it killed Jesus.

When Isaiah prophesied about this event, he wrote that Jesus took our pain and bore our suffering, yet we thought God was punishing Him, striking Him, afflicting Him. But God did not cause His suffering or Death. Instead, Isaiah says He was cut off from the land of the living. The connection was severed. The One who was made to be sin for us was separated from Life, and the natural result of that was Death.

If you want to dig deeper—
Isaiah 53:4, 8
Hosea 11:7-8
Matthew 27:46, 50