Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

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Why did Jesus have to die? I'm not asking what he accomplished by his death. Therefore, when I asked, "Why did Jesus have to die?" I am not looking for the reply, "In order to redeem the world."
I don't understand this passage.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish, but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."

Why did he need to give up His son? Why did God need to be crucified to undue man's sin? Why couldn't God have simply done away with it? I don't understand how the Incarnation and Crucifixion were an act of love. God the Father said to God Son, "We love the world so much that you should be tortured and killed so that by your death, blood, and rebirth, man can bypass the Law, which no man can fulfill but you, my son, Jesus, the man-God." If no man but God (Jesus) could fulfill the Law then why should God bother dying to free men from the Law? Why not say, "Well, none is righteous, no not one, so therefore enter in."

How does Christ's blood wash away our sins? Someone once put it this way, "Say your brother is arrested for murder. It is for sure he is guilty, and the wise judge knows that it is so. Now, just as the judge is about to condemn the man to Death, you come into the courtroom and speak to the judge saying, "Judge, if you will but spare my brother, and forgive him his murder, you may take my life instead of his." To which the judge says, "Very well, it is known that you are a good man and that you have done no wrong, therefore I will let your murdering brother go, and his crime will be paid for by your Death." And then the judge lets your brother go, though he is a murderer still, and you, the innocent man are killed for his crimes."

Forgive me if I don't understand. Where is the justice? Where is the love?

I'm not trying to challenge anyone's beliefs. I've come here for help to save my own!

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Good place to come.

MelvilleMelvin wrote -
Why did Jesus have to die? I'm not asking what he accomplished by his death. Therefore, when I asked, "Why did Jesus have to die?" I am not looking for the reply, "In order to redeem the world."
I don't understand this passage.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish, but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."

Jesus has always been Plan ‘A’. It was not due to God’s lack of foreknowledge of man’s sin that He finally said, “oops … let me send Jesus to fix this.” Scripture teaches that Jesus was in the beginning with God, and that He is the Word. (John 1:1-5) John is thoroughly teaching why Jesus had to come in His gospel. Not just 3:16 as you quoted above.

MelvilleMelvin wrote -
Why did he need to give up His son? Why did God need to be crucified to undue man's sin? Why couldn't God have simply done away with it?

Hebrews tells us that Jesus was a “more perfect” sacrifice than the system used in the Old Testament. So, in order to understand this we need to understand God’s original covenant with Israel, for it too took blood and sacrifice.

MelvilleMelvin wrote -
I don't understand how the Incarnation and Crucifixion were an act of love. God the Father said to God Son, "We love the world so much that you should be tortured and killed so that by your death, blood, and rebirth, man can bypass the Law, which no man can fulfill but you, my son, Jesus, the man-God."

We must believe God to be perfect. And that perfection cannot be intertwined with imperfection. If it were, then the perfection would no longer exist. Think of a pure glass of water … filtered and distilled … the most pure water that can be found anywhere. Now, take one itsy drop of contaminated blood and drop it into the water. Would you drink it? Would it be pure any longer? No.

So too, if God were to accept us as we are and let us spend an eternity with Him in the heavenlies, we would become that contaminated blood. So, in His wisdom, He set up a sacrificial system that would ‘cover’ the sins of Israel. But all the Law and the included sacrifices all pointed to a better system. Jesus.

Jesus, then became sin for us on the cross. His death, as horrible as it was, is deserved by every man and woman alive today. We deserve the death He had because of our wickedness. Yet God loved us so much that He did not want us to die a death like that. And even if we did, it wouldn’t be enough to gain entrance with Him in heaven because our own Sacrifice isn’t enough to purify ourselves to be perfect when we enter heaven.

MelvilleMelvin wrote -
If no man but God (Jesus) could fulfill the Law then why should God bother dying to free men from the Law? Why not say, "Well, none is righteous, no not one, so therefore enter in."

As I said, to declare everyone unworthy and just let them in would make God’s presence no longer Holy and Pure. We would contaminate it. So, a system must be used to “purify” us.

MelvilleMelvin wrote -
How does Christ's blood wash away our sins?

This is a metaphor, of course. In reality, we must be purified. It is due to Christ’s shed blood that this is even possible. For a sinless man, who was also God, died on our behalf, and this was pleasing to God. Not pleased that He had to do it, but the sacrifice itself was enough … plenary … a propitiation.

MelvilleMelvin wrote -
Someone once put it this way, "Say your brother is arrested for murder. It is for sure he is guilty, and the wise judge knows that it is so. Now, just as the judge is about to condemn the man to Death, you come into the courtroom and speak to the judge saying, "Judge, if you will but spare my brother, and forgive him his murder, you may take my life instead of his." To which the judge says, "Very well, it is known that you are a good man and that you have done no wrong, therefore I will let your murdering brother go, and his crime will be paid for by your Death." And then the judge lets your brother go, though he is a murderer still, and you, the innocent man are killed for his crimes."

Forgive me if I don't understand. Where is the justice? Where is the love?

You ask wonderful questions. No need to ask for forgiveness from us. The justice is a difficulty to explain in a quick reply. But, it has to do with God’s Holiness. A wrong cannot be ignored, can it? Should it? If God is Holy and Pure, wouldn’t He need to require the same from us?

Certainly you would find it difficult to ignore an adult smacking your kids around, for example. So too, God cannot, nor should He, ignore our sins … our wrongs. For they are against Him as much as they are against others, as He created us.

The love He shows comes in many ways: Longsuffering, patience, grace, mercy, etc. His ultimate act of love was dieing in our place on the Cross, defeating death, and making the way possible for us to be purified … all in spite of our sins.

Additionally, the above analogy fails on a couple levels. The strongest failure is that Jesus is also the Judge. A better version of the story, is that Jesus would die in the place of the brother, come back to life, and tell the brother, “Follow me.”

MelvilleMelvin wrote -
I'm not trying to challenge anyone's beliefs. I've come here for help to save my own!

If I have not answered your questions in the manner you seek, please let me know where I should alter or change directions for you. This is your post, keep it that way.

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Grace and peace to all,
Dave

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Grace and peace to all,
Dave




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