Why did Jesus have to die?

 
 

He didn’t.

He didn’t have to die. God didn’t have to rescue anyone after they’d rejected him.

But God is wildly gracious. He wanted to forgive rebels. Only because God is like this did Jesus have to die.

Why?

Sin

Because of sin. Sin isn’t a character flaw or two. It’s a whole-scale rejection of God’s rule over our lives.

It’s to reject God’s clear word to us. It’s to decide what’s good and bad.

It’s to live as if we can earn something from him. It’s to live without him, enjoying his gifts, while rejecting the Giver (Romans 1:25).

Sin is a rejection of God in order to be our own god.

Punishment

Here’s the rub.

The Bible says everyone has sinned (Romans 3:10-12); and that the penalty for sinning against an eternal God is eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46).

So, how can a fair God fairly forgive people of sin? Isn’t he a God of justice?

Yes, he is. And so …

The Cross

God came into the world in the person of Jesus Christ to bear our punishment himself.  While Jesus was righteous, he died for sinners. He died in our place (1 Peter 3:18).

Jesus’ death was the fair punishment I deserved. He took God’s anger against my sin and was killed; I took Jesus’ eternal perfection, so I’ll live. Eternally (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus died for every one my sins. Past, present and future. So there’s no more condemnation (Romans 8:1).

Just forgiveness, grace, and the warm smile - the sweet embrace - of my adopted Father.

Grace

To act fairly, God had to punish sin. Jesus had to die to earn our forgiveness. So now there’s nothing left to do other than accept the free gift for yourself.

Have you accepted it?

 
 

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