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!

Clay's picture

A different response

I'll tell you why I personally believe Christ came and died but it is not the only answer and I have little scripture as of now to support this opinion.

God , from without beginning, has never become anything at all. He has always been and will forever be what he is and has always been.

When man and woman were created in the beginning they were created in the image and likeness of God. Not the image and likeness of what he was at the time but the image and likeness of what he was to become. For God desired to become! So the answer to your question is the same, in my opinion, as the answer to why we were created in the first place.

As a disclaimer...I don't believe the reason I give here now is the only reason we were created, but a part or portion of why we were created and why he died on the cross.

God from the beginning is Spirit without form or typical human characteristics other than emotion. Isaiah insinuates that even the Angels in heaven did not see God at anytime. For Isaiah writes there were special Angels created to minister directly in the presence of God which had 3 sets of wings. One set to cover their faces, one set to fly with, and one set to cover their feet.

By becoming man, God forever adopted the common attributes of man…all of man’s glory and all of man’s shortcomings. God became man legally through the common matrix which is life and by woman through birth. Therefore God is no more an alien to us or we to him unlike any spirit which walks the earth illegally.

Notice in the above paragraph I use the phrase,” God became”. This is a miracle and tells us a great deal about His desire. The vehicle God used in “becoming” was His own creation and therefore reveals at least some purpose for Mankind although not the entire purpose.

Becoming man was not enough in that man is imperfect; having a fallen nature. God is a LEGALL Spirit.( Capital S in spirit). Righteousness is based upon right doing and right doing based upon a foundation of order and logic. Evil on the other hand has no foundation at all but is the absence of righteousness; meaning a state of confusion, disorder, or chaos. If God is to be God then everything he does must have its order and must be built foundation upon foundation.

In the beginning man was cursed for disobedience. God instituted this curse and his word must stand! Just because God took on Himself man as Jesus Christ would not exclude Him legally from the curse he formally bound by His own word. Looking back, however, in scripture we see that not only did God institute a curse upon mankind but gave also the recipe for ending that curse. The remedy of the curse given in Genesis is very simply DEATH. A corpse cannot host a disease for the disease has nothing to feed upon.

Mankind, from the fall, was cursed with a sinful nature and therefore bound unto death as the only remedy. The problem facing us before Jesus Christ is that legally we were a slave to death because we were a slave to sin. Therefore death was a prison to us not a remedy. God, in His wisdom, Legally negotiated this dilemma by excluding himself from the Sin nature. When He was conceived He was conceived not from the seed of man but the Holy Ghost and woman. Therefore he was like Adam before the fall. So to him death was no longer a prison but a true remedy from the curse which he bore legally though without sin.

So then, in death God was legally free from the initial curse and justified in taking his person or body with Him into Glory to forever more be human. We know now that all things were created by and FOR the Son of God… the man Jesus Christ. All of creation was created for this purpose, that God would be glorified and glory in His own Son.

I do not mean to diminish any Love that is conveyed in scripture for mankind. The love of God cannot fit in that one dimensional box.

Best regards,