Jesus died on the cross because He wanted to. It was the only way to save us and win us back!
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…speak up and judge fairly…
Why did Jesus have to die? Why wasn’t there some other way to save mankind?
There are two things that we need to keep in mind as we ponder these questions. One is that God is holy by nature. He just is. Everything about Him is holy. In fact, we could easily say that He is the definition of holiness. The other thing is that He has given mankind free will, which is a game-changer.
When put together, these two give us the nature of how things work between God and man. God interacts with us, but He doesn’t interfere, which means that He guides our steps, but He doesn’t make us take them. We either enjoy the benefits of our good choices or we experience the consequences of our bad choices.
Lest we think that our salvation is up to us, we must consider things from God’s perspective: He is holy and Adam and Eve chose to disobey. Their rebellion and subsequent blame-game was unholy. In His omniscience, God knew that we would rebel and make the same poor choice, so in His omnipotence, God built in a fail-safe so that when Adam fell, he became mankind’s representative and all mankind would fall with him. In this way, God knew that another Representative could then pay the price for Adam’s sin and therefore all of mankind. Let’s look at the Scriptures:
17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Romans 5:17 Even in the NIV, it’s a little difficult to understand. Let’s try the NLT:
17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
The gift of righteousness is Jesus Himself. Jesus paid the price for us and bought us back! Since Jesus is God in the flesh, we can say that God became flesh and paid for us Himself (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, John 1:14). Jesus now lives in us and gives us all we need for righteous living (2 Peter 1:3). We are clothed in His righteousness (Romans 13:14).
So, why did Jesus have to die? So that God, in His great love, could remain holy and just by making it so that we could be redeemed by One Representative, Jesus. Simple, right? Hardly! We will be pondering the depths of this question and God’s amazing love throughout eternity. In the meantime, let’s praise Him and thank Him for His amazing grace, His tender mercies, and His love that He lavishes on us each day.
Abba, You are wonderful! To think that You love us so much to send Your Son to die for us so that we could be reunited with You is too much to grasp. May You continue to open up our minds to all that You have done for us and all that You are going to do for us when You return or we go to You. I can hardly wait! Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen.