Jesus was crucified in our place; bore the punishment for our sins, being blameless Himself.
Thus the words of the prophet Isaiah, prophesied centuries before the crucifixion, were fulfilled:
Isaiah 53 verse 1 to 6:Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a Man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem.
Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on
Him the iniquity of us all.
1 Corinthians 15 verse 3:
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
1 Peter 2 verse 24:
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness.
John 3 verse 16:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
When Pilate has sentenced Jesus to be crucified, the Roman soldiers bring Him outside the city of Jerusalem to Golgotha.