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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I can't believe how many of

I can't believe how many of you replied! It feels good to know that God's love trickles down from the Holy, even onto to those like me. Thank you for all the replies, but to be honest I still feel that most of the responses all of you have given is exactly the one I said that I didn't want to hear. (Perhaps I have no ears to hear?) Most of the replies have been some variation of, "Christ had to die in order to save man, because Christ had to die in order to save man." Judging from the numerous replies all of you have written, I realize that Christ's sacrificial death can be interpreted in numerous ways, so long as the answer amounts to, "Christ is the redeemer of the world."
Most of you have different views on the specific way in which Christ's death saved us, and some of you probably believe without fully understanding how his sacrifice saves us, and yet you all seem to be sure that, despite all of your different interpretations of Christ's death, that end is the same: we are saved.
I think I'm beginning to understand part of my problem. I want proof (even if it is only logistical) that Christ's death redeemed many, before I will accept this is true. But the truth of his saving death doesn't seem to be understood until one has already accepted it. Perhaps this is why Paul noted that the redemptive power of Jesus' death was absurd to the none-believer, but to believers it was the assurance of life.

I have finally done what I should have done to begin with, I prayed. I told God I would accept it as being true, as if it were a fact that, though I find it hard to believe, is believed by so many other people of better understanding than me, that I am willing to accept it on Faith, just as I accept other things, such as high mathematics on Faith, even though by the use of my own mental powers I could never prove them true.
Now, the minute I said this prayer something occurred to me. This was the first time in my life that I ever gave myself over to God. It was the first I ever said, "Your will be done." All the time I was asking the question about Jesus' death, whether it was true or not, I was never actually asking at all. I was asking if it was true, hearing "yes," and then ignoring the question and asking it again. If Jesus had come up to me and said, "Follow me and all things will given you," I would replied, "Very well, but before we go, prove it." To which Jesus would have said, "Follow me and it will proved." And would have said, "First prove, then I will follow you." And you see my error...
I feel awful. I think I'm beginning to understand what the wealthy young man who asked Jesus what he had to do to gain eternal life. Jesus told him what to do, and it grieved the young man. I think it grieved him because Jesus gave the exact answer that the young man didn't want to hear. And it was the same way with me. I asked a question, got an answer, but asked the question again in hopes that it would change.

I laid my burden before everyone, except for God. I want to thank everyone for trying to help me, I believe that all your comments built up this moment, and I thank you all for doing God's Will, so that by doing his Will, those like me, who haven't yet done it, and still benefit from the fruits if your labors. Perhaps some day I'll grown some fruit of my own, but whether that be soon or not, I cannot tell.

I'm putting this subject to an end. I'll still read any replies you write me, and I will continue to post other questions, but for now I have decided give in and admit that Christ's death does save, and perhaps God will show me just how it was done.

Please pray for me.




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