Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

Timothy-David's picture

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!

rich14285's picture

Try Romans 5:14 as an approach to understanding the cross.

14."Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come."

In understanding why Jesus went to the cross, one would do well to gain a sense of what Paul is talking about when he writes: "death reigned from Adam to Moses". Clearly, people did not stop dying physically after Moses. Adam's transgression seperated him from God. The first thing that happens after he ate, God asks where are you? That indicates spiritual seperation, death of union with deity began with original sin. Spiritual death reigned from Adam to Moses. In the time of Moses, God created a Levitical priesthood that ennabled the people to come out from under the dominion of Satan. It remained for the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth to become the one greater man than Adam. For Jesus was totally obedient unto God's word given to him. The commandment to go to the cross, and it's accomplishment pleased God because it was successful. God provided a lamb, a body was prepared for the atonement, and without the shedding of blood there is no atonement. God's blood on the heavenly mercy seat was successfull in the sense that it purchased a people under the dominion of Satan. It ennabled a chosen people to come out of that dominion and to come into union with deity once again. Halleluyah!

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