The suffering Jesus underwent were his way of saving us.
Everyone was saying there was no way this Jesus could be the Messiah. Wasn't he
crucified with two common criminals? How could such a man of suffering be the Savior?
What kind of messiah could that make him?
Luke's Gospel offers a two-part answer to that question. His first part. the first
nine chapters, are made up of accounts of Jesus acting with Godly power and Godly
authority. This part ends with Peter expressing the unavoidable conclusion that Jesus
is the Savior. Luke then moves on to the second part of his Gospel.
In this part-two of his Gospel Luke brings us to the realization that it was precisely
by his suffering that Jesus saves us.