The aim of the cross is termination, not suffering.
Agreeing with and adding on to Jolly and Mama Love and Cappuccinosmom.
As for the Why God came up with this 'way'? I don't know. I can only add my little piece the puzzle. No time to look up verses to provide for you, but I can later if you want them.
God is righteous and true to Himself. Only God can fulfill His righteous requirements. When the fall occurred, sin entered into our being, thus making it impossible for man alone to fulfill God's requirements. It was God in a human sinless body who died on the cross. Only sinless blood can redeem us.
Here are the other things which were terminated on the cross:
- sin (sin nature)
- sins (the manifestation of the sin nature)
- the world (with all of its' attractions and elements)
- Satan (the destroyer of man)
- flesh (with all of its' lusts)
- the law (10 commandments with all of the ordinances the Hebrews had to fulfill
- the old man (our person, disposition, who we are by birth)
The cross is not just a suffering, it's a termination of all the old creation, making a way for man to come to God. In the Garden of Eden, after the fall, God blocked the tree of life (signifies God) so that Adam/Eve could not partake of it. The reason God blocked it is because they had sin in them, and God cannot be joined to man until the sin is taken care of by Christ terminating it on the cross. Also, the life of God is eternal. Can you imagine if we got eternal life and lived forever in our condition today?
The cross terminated ALL of the negative things in the universe.
The aim of the cross is termination rather than suffering. I am not saying that Christ didn't suffer or that His believers won't suffer. I am saying that suffering wasn't the goal/aim of the cross. The cross was for terminating.
So for us, as believers, to take up the cross means that we have to be terminated. Our old man, our culture, our opinions, our emotions, reasoning, murmurings, rationalizations, temper, etc. all needs to be terminated. Christ lives in His believers, therefore all of the experiences of death and resurrection are already inside of us. All of God's person and work on the cross is inside of us.
We just have to contact the Lord to experience the cross. To me, the cross is a miracle! Anything that keeps me from yelling at my dh and dd is a miracle. Yes, yelling can be terminated by the cross if I turn inwardly to my spirit where the Lord dwells, and call on the Name of the Lord Jesus. Calling on His Name terminates all of the negative things in my being. That is a miracle!
The death and resurrection of Christ is like two sides of the same coin. If we experience the cross in our daily life, we are enjoying the termination of all of the negative things in our being. Then we automatically enjoy the resurrection of Christ as the supply of the divine, eternal life of God in our spirit.