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!

seventhstar's picture

Difference between a debt forgiven and a debt paid.


Your point, if I understand it correctly, is well taken. I understand you to be saying that because you cannot distinguish or seperate God, the father from the Christ that when the Christ died on the Cross it was, in fact, God himself or "in His own Person" who actually "paid" the debt for our sins.

It does not appear that Brother Mcgarvey is making any effort to seperate God from the Christ in the comments that trouble you. I am not sure that any of us, including Brother Mcgarvey, have the wisdom to contemplate with any degree of accuracy either the unity or the distinctions in the godhead. Are we not safer to stay with the very words of the scriptures in these matters?

He seems rather to be distinguishing between the two opposite ideas of a debt that is "paid in full" and one that is completely "forgiven". For even if we grant that God was the Christ and that He "paid our debt" in His own Person on the cross we would still have Him "paying" the debt instead of "forgiving" it. And the question would remain, "why did God, in his own person, have to suffer such a painful, excruciating death to pay a debt that he could have simply "forgiven", especially since the debt itself was owed only to Himself. This idea would place God in the position of punishing Himself for our sins in order to "pay" a debt owed only to Himself rather than simply forgiving it.

I am convinced that God owes us no explanation for any of these things and that His word does not give any explanations to the troubles we cause ourselves with our "speculations" on these matters. Is it not sufficient for us to know that God's word reveals that we are "saved by grace through faith"?

Sincerely, in the Love of the Christ

E. Lee Saffold