Christian teaching does not seem to cover what Jesus actually was DOING on the cross, how and in what manner He actually BORE OUR SIN, which is what He was DOING. He “bore our sin” by allowing the effects of human sin to ravage his body which was the same kind of body that we all have, otherwise He would not have been able to “bear” it, IE to experience it within Himself, so that as WE have “sin in the flesh”, so did HE have it as do we all.
This is an important part of why it had to be acknowledged that HE had “come in the flesh”, because it had to be the same “flesh” that we also were of, the same flesh that Paul said he was “OF” in Romans 7. Because He had “come in the flesh” he also had the SAME “sin in the flesh” that we had. The difference between Him and us was that He had a perfect spirit, Him being the Son of God, and KNOWING IT.
Because of this, His spiritual “perfection”, He was able to “heal” His own body from the deadly effects that sin had established in the human form since Adam. By the time He went to the cross, He was mature and ready to confront the indwelling sin nature of mankind, within His own body, and to meet the unrighteousness of the flesh with the righteousness of His own Spirit.
This meeting resulted in the inner conflict which is common to man, that which He had avoided, had put aside until the time came for the final resolution of the problem of sin to take place, to be resolved, and to be resolved in His own body of flesh. This inner conflict was painful, was traumatic and was the cause of much anguish which He experienced and we saw in the garden beforehand. This resolution was the meeting of heaven and hell, of life and death, and was His personal “Armageddon”.
The struggle resulted in the defeat of the corruptive forces of sin and brought about the restoration of His mortal body which though brought to the point of death, as He gave up His life, was immortalised and then resurrected. Jesus never “did” personal sin, He was in the same body as ours, subject to the same temptations as ours, but which all temptation He rejected.
Unlike Paul in Romans 7 who was completely under the power of his sin in the flesh, but who also represents this struggle shared with Jesus, when he cried “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?” And Jesus cried, “My God my God, why have you abandoned me?”
He like Paul was in the darkest of places, but unlike Paul had the power OF Spirit to do something about it. But also like Paul, was in confrontation with the forces that arose from the evil desires of the flesh that resulted from man’s free will to depart from God’s will and to create, to bring into being, an entity which then opposed God’s will and His created design, through the distortion of the purpose of the commandment.
So Jesus had to suffer to restore the design of mankind in Himself, so that He would then be in a position to restore the same recreative process to us by His Spirit of life, but in us to be by faith in the promise, but to be realised, to be made real, manifest in us as it is in Him, in THIS PRESENT LIFE. We are to be “born again”, to be made “new creations”, to have “crossed over from death to life”, because “we have been raised up with Him to the heavenlies..” from where we are to operate as kings and priests in this world on His behalf.
[As Paul had said, the problem was not with Him and his mind, his “will” in the matter, the problem was that of over-riding forces which lived in him in his “flesh” – “sin in the flesh”.][Both Jesus and Paul were suffering from what is called “The wrath of God” which is the consciousness of the effects of this inner conflict between good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness.][Wrath is how love is perceived in its action on evil][Love is PERCEIVED as wrath by those on the wrong side of it]