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!

col1_27's picture

We are sinners. Sinners and

We are sinners. Sinners and sin, cannot enter heaven, lest it become hell.

The only just punishment for our sin is death. We can be baptized into Christs death and put aside the old man, and as a new creation, enter into the kingdom.

Or we can die to sin, with our own death, and then enter hell. Either way, the penalty of sin is paid.

What is mans sin? It is the desire to live independent of God. That was the choice Adam made. All of what we call sin, comes from our desire to be independent of God.

So, someone who lives their life, feeling that God is not worth knowing, will not really have a change of heart when they die. They may realize that hell was a poor choice, but it was their choice nonetheless.

This is just my opinion at this point in time. The Lord is free to straighten out my theology anytime He wants to.

This is just my opinion at this point in time. The Lord is free to straighten out my theology anytime He wants to.