Week 4: Why did Jesus die?

posted 1 Nov 2011, 01:11 by Peter Booth   [ updated 1 Nov 2011, 01:15 ]
An unnecessary death?

Jesus died a horrific death; he was betrayed by one of his closest companions, his trial was unfair and based on lies, and his brutal killing was carried out publicly in the most shameful way for a Jewish person to die - on a wooden Roman cross. But why did Jesus die in this way? We've already looked at the evidence that shows he was the Son of God, so surely he should not have died like this? Well the truth is that God sent Jesus to die!

There are three reasons that God sent Jesus to die:
1. To Forgive us. We can read in 1 John 4:10: "This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven." It is through Jesus' death that our sins can be forgiven (see week 2 for more about sin).
2. To Free us...from sin. Sin traps us and spoils our lives, making us a slave without us even knowing. But Jesus takes our sin on to himself and in doing so he sets us free from sin. We can put on a new life away from sin. You can read more about this in Ephesians 4:22-24.
3. To Father us. When we are forgiven, and set free from sin we can come into God's presence. So Jesus' death makes it possible for God to be our heavenly Father - which is what God wants. In 2 Corinthians 6:18 it says: "I will be your Father, and you shall be my sons and daughters."

In summary then Jesus died because:
"Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Christ could make us acceptable to God." 2 Corinthians 5:21.
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6.

by Andy Gray
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