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

The word "Forgive"


I'm no scholar and I probably read less than anyone participating on these boards with the exception to the Bible and fiction. ( I like Larry McMurtry, Louis Lamour, John Grisham, and similar type fiction writing)

But I'll share with you what the word forgive means to me. Let me start by saying that any offense committed in the world is first committed against God. We don't really have the power to sin against each other as we have all sinned and so deserving to be sinned against. Therefore the only one ever wronged is God.

Likewise we don't really ever have the power to forgive another because a third party can never forgive a debt they're not directly involved with. God does give us the authority to forgive sin but this is borrowed authority and not our own. Therefore, God who has never wronged anyone is the only one in a position to legitimately forgive sin.

Now with regard to our relationship with God I guess God could indeed just forgive us and then stop short. I'm glad, however, that he did not do that because we would be forgiven but not "fixed". If the Son of God had not died for us then God would have to exist in a perpetual state of forgiving. It would be like forgiving a thief for breaking into your house and stealing your belongings and at the same time giving him a key so at least the next time he will not destroy your door in the process.

I'll stop short because I'm sure you get where I'm going and I'm sure you probably already know all of this.

I'd have to agree with you and Mcgarvey that paying a debt and forgiving a debt are two separate things.

Best Regards,