“Why Did Jesus Die?”

Who really killed Jesus?

The Bible teaches that everyone who sins has fallen from the God’s glory (Romans 3:23). This means that in the whole world, throughout the entire span of time, there hasn’t been one “sinless” or good person. That is, except for Jesus.  As with everything in life, a price must be paid for our sin. In God’s opinion, sin is sin.  For God, all sin is the same and has the same penalty, there are no little sins or big sins.  If we break God’s rules we sin and the penalty for sin is always the same, death (Romans 6:23).

As you can see something has to give or our future is pretty bleak.  A solution had to be found or we would all suffer the punishment of our sin. When we read the New Testament there’s one thing that really stands out,  “God Loves us” (Luke 19:10;John 3:16; John 15:13).  From the beginning to the end we can’t help but see that God loves us.  And because he knew us before we were even born (Jeremiah 1:5) and knew we would sin, he provided a solution at the perfect time in history (Romans 5:8). He sent Jesus as a savior or a replacement for us.  Jesus died on the cross for our sin.   He could have let us suffer the punishment we rightfully deserved but instead he stepped up and took our place.  He died so we could live.

Because Christ died on the cross it shows us how serious our situation was as fallen people. It shows us how much God loves us. And it shows us there’s still hope. We don’t have to face a death sentence for our sins. Our sins have been wiped out in Christ.

Why did Jesus die on the cross? Three things we should remember.

1.  The Greatest Demonstration of Love (Romans 5:6-8)

Jesus Did not die for us while we were his friends, but while we were his enemies, opposing him by our sinfulness.  Yet, in spite of all of this, God demonstrated his love for us by dying on the cross. In this verse the apostle Paul explains that Jesus did not simply die for all humanity as a whole, but that he died for us as individuals. Elsewhere Paul writes, “[Christ] loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Whenever you are tempted to doubt God’s love for you, take a long look at the cross on which Jesus died. Then realize that, for all practical purposes, it was not nails that held him to the cross but love.

2. Forsaken That We Might Be Forgiven (Luke 23:32-49)

Many of us have heard this story at some point in our lives. Yet the significance behind this heart wrenching scene is often missed or misunderstood. This was not simply some “Good Teacher” being crucified for his beliefs. It was God in human form who hung on that cross, bridging the gap between sinful people and a holy God.

Matthew’s gospel tells us that when Jesus hung on that cross he cried out, “My God , my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46). Many scholars believe that those words mark the very moment at which God the father placed the sins of the world upon his son.  The Bible speaking of God says, “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness.” (Habuakkuk 1:13).  For that reason, the holy Father had to turn his face and pour out his wrath on his only son.  On the Cross Jesus received the wages that were due us.  He was not heard that we might be heard. The ear of God was closed to Jesus for a time that it might never be closed to us.

3. Christ, the Sole Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Why is there only one mediator who is able to bridge the gap between God and People?  Haven’t there been other religious leaders who have claimed to have the way to God? Haven’t some of them also died as a result of their message.

While the answers to these questions might be yes, the truth is not one of these other leaders was fully God and fully human.  That is why why Jesus is uniquely qualified to deal with sin.  Jesus said, Ia ma the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6).  Acts 4:12 tells us, “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” And most important, Jesus Christ rose from the dead!

Though it is true that you must believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins in order to receive eternal life and be a true Christian, there is still something else you must do.

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