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How can it be a sacrifice, when God did not really lose his Son?

Unbelievers examine some details of the Gospel and ask, that when Jesus came here to die, and knew it was going to happen, he is not dead. Jesus also knew that his death wouldn’t be permanent.

1. Protection of Jesus was absent when he suffered at the cross

The protection of God the Father was removed at the moment when the servants of the Roman Empire captured Jesus Christ. Jesus was often threatened by men, but the protection of God was on his life and thus he could always escape. See for example John 10:39: “At this, they tried again to seize Him, but He escaped their grasp.” The devil was also unable to attack Jesus. The death of Jesus was long planned in advance by God. Jesus knew he was going to die. That is why he prayed with all his might to God, his Father, because he knew that suffering would be extremely difficult. Jesus was aware that he could avoid suffering: “Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world; if it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest...” (John 18:36). But Jesus did not want to use it, because he wanted to die for the sin of mankind as the sacrifice of God. Suffering and reconciliation was a voluntary decision of Jesus. He made the decision not to use his divine protection when he suffered at the cross.

2. Sacrifice of Jesus as righteous man above all other sacrifices

Aid Al-Adha is the celebration that God called Abraham to offer his son. The sacrifice of the son of Abraham tells us about the nature of true sacrifice to God. As a replacement of the son of Abraham, an animal died. It died instead of the man so that he could live and the punishment had been taken upon the animal. The death of the animal was accepted by God as a substitute sacrifice. God did not allow Abraham to sacrifice his son. Only the Son of God is able to die as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. His life, because He is the Word of God and Spirit of God, is of greater value than all people together. The power of the sacrifice of an animal is limited, because it has no soul. Only a divine sacrifice has enough power to pay the penalty for every the sin of every person. In paying this penalty, Jesus Christ as Son of God has made it possible to have our sins forgiven for everyone and to be set free from the death penalty: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God cannot die, but he gave his Son who was on earth in a human body to suffer as a righteous man and to die as a sacrifice for mankind. That Jesus Christ died without faults or any sin is the special thing in the event that he died. It is also the key why he had the power to forgive sin of mankind to to die as a sacrifice as Lamb of God (John 1:29) for the salvation of a sinful world: “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son” (1 John 5:11).

3. Conclusion

Jesus Christ suffered in his flesh the most painful execution and died as a righteous man. He did it in his free will and therefore it was a true sacrifice. No human being is able to do such sacrifice as a voluntary decision. Abraham was trying to sacrifice his son, but only God sacrificed the faultless greatest miracle worker in history, his own Son, Jesus Christ as a sacrifice.