Vardhan Kothapalli

John 1:1-3 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

† Why Did Jesus Have to Die †

However, before we answer the question, “Why did Jesus have to die?” it’s also important to understand that Jesus clearly understood his mission on earth involved laying down his life as a sacrifice. In other words, Jesus knew it was His Father’s will for him to lay down his life for the mankind.

He proves his foreknowledge and understanding of his death in these passages from Scripture:

Mark 8:31

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. (See also Mark 9:31)

Mark 10:32-34

They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”

Mark 10: 38

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

Mark 10:43-45

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 14:22-25

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the[a] covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

John 10:17-18

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

This last verse also explains why it is pointless to blame the Jews or the Romans—or anyone else, for that matter, for “killing” Jesus. Jesus, having the power to “lay it down” or “take it again,” freely gave up his life. It truly doesn’t matter then, who “killed” Jesus. The ones who nailed the nails only helped carry out the destiny he came to fulfill by laying down his life on the cross.

God is Holy

Though God is all merciful, all powerful and all forgiving, God is also holy, righteous and just.

Isaiah 5:16

But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.

Sin and Holiness are Incompatible

Sin entered the world through one man’s disobedience – Adam, and now all of us are born into this “sin nature.”

Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned

Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Sin Separates Us from God

Isaiah 35:8

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness;  it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

Sin’s punishment is Eternal Death

God’s holiness and justice demand that sin and rebellion be punished. The only penalty or payment for sin is eternal Death.

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:21

so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Atoning Sacrifice

Our death is not sufficient to atone for sin because atonement requires a perfect, spotless sacrifice, offered in just the right way. Jesus, the one perfect God-man, came to offer the pure, complete and everlasting sacrifice to remove, atone, and make eternal payment for our sin.

1 Peter 1:18-19

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Hebrews 2:14-17

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

Only Through Jesus Christ

Only through Jesus Christ can our sins be forgiven, thus restoring our relationship with God and removing the separation caused by sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21 

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Corinthians 1:30

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

The Messiah – Savior

The suffering and the glory of the coming Messiah was foretold in Isaiah 52 and 53. God’s people in the Old Testament looked forward to the Messiah that would save them from their sin. Though he did not come in the form they expected, still their faith looking forward to his salvation saved them. Our faith, looking backward to his act of salvation, saves us. When we accept Jesus’ payment for our sin, his perfect sacrifice washes away our sin and restores our right standing with God. God’s mercy and grace provided a way for our salvation.

Romans 5:10 

For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

In Summary, when we are “in Christ Jesus” we are covered by his blood through his sacrificial death, our sins are paid for, and we no longer have to die an eternal death. We receive eternal life though Jesus Christ. And this is why Jesus had to die.

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One comment on Ҡ Why Did Jesus Have to Dieʠ

  1. Melki
    May 4, 2012

    I have an opinion that needs criticism. I think that spirits are inclination. That Love is the inclination to keep on experiencing interactions forever. And Satan is the inclination to not experiencing interactions forever.
    One nature of God is Holy that’s being able to do but choose not to (sin). Therefore Adam and Eve as the images of God also have their holyness, that’s being able to eat the fruit physically but chose not to.
    As they fell into sin, They became independents, they are not a part of Love. And one law that’s lovely is “always give back to your sources of solutions”. Jesus said, give back to Caesar what’s Caesar and to God what is God’s.
    Another implication of sin is that it would shed innocent blood, God made this law so that people would contempt upon sin, because if people kept on sinning, other materials that are lovely would be brought down to Satan, as they would not synchronized with Love, they’ll eventually stop from becoming part of interactions.

    Therefore humans owe to both God and Satan for the services that they’ve used. God for everything, and Satan for the violation of laws. Because of Satan human realized that sin could be used to achieve a purpose, an evil purpose. Everytime they used that knowledge, and everytime they sin, they owed it to Satan.
    That’s why the love of money is the root of all evil, Satan didn’t care that its services would actually helped humans or not, all it care about is owning money or proof of debt.

    Even when there were humans that tried hard not to sin, God won’t be peaceful towards the human forever, eventually God must kill the human because humans must payed back to Satan, this is not Satan’s law, this is God’s law. Satan owed the eternity to God for its existence, God owed nothing to Satan, but humans were independents, they were not looked after by God. This is also God’s law.

    So in order to save humanity, humans must pay to Satan, payed to God. Both are almost impossible to do, because the more humans tried, the more they owed to both parties.

    Fortunately there’s a law that could save humanity, that’s the law of unity in Spirit. When a man and a women loved one another, their permanent purpose is to look after each other, humans’ spirit is the inclination to maintain each own’s live forever. If one day a humans memory were copied and put in several bodies, as long as the bodies inclined to prioritize and look after each other, the original human would be alive. But if the bodies turned out to be selfish and only prioritized themselves the original human’s resurrection would fail.
    If a husband love his wife, so that his permanent inclination is to maintain his wife and to prioritize his wife, and vice versa, then both of them would become one in spirit.

    Jesus came so that he could pay to both Satan and be owned by God, not to pay God because this is just impossible because God is the beginning and the end. But to be reconciled with God, Jesus would prioritize God forever, and God would prioritize Jesus forever, and they’ve resumed to become one in spirit. Now even though God is holy, through Jesus a human being, he could interact with us sinful humans, not because we’ve paid to him, but because we prioritize Jesus, and Jesus could prioritize us, even though we used to sin but because Jesus is human and he could feel us, he could love us even though we’ve sinned before.

    So God asked for cattles to be sacrificed for some reasons,
    1. As a statement that the sinner realized and contempt upon their deeds, that the sin would ended up them causing innocent blood to die and that its better or it actually is worthy for them to be killed to prevented it from happening. As they sacrificed the blood of a dear, they’ll hate the sin and therefore God would considered them as nice, at least.
    2. As a prophecy for the coming of Jesus Christ, that would be killed (a Satanic acts therefore became a payment to Satan). A king that’s so strong He would’ve abolished all evil, a person so precious he could brought about great and eternal things to humanity as a physical king, but he was murdered, therefore Jesus paid to Satan an eternal cost.

    Now since Jesus prioritized God until his death on the Cross, God loved Him, and since he’s without sin, decided to prioritize Him, as God prioritized himself and became one with Him a human being, without any hindrance of debt to Satan because this particular human being, paid His debt to Satan, an eternal cost of payment. Now if we became loved by Jesus, when Satan said “God kill this person because he haven’t give anything to me though he’ve used my services…” Jesus would say, “This guy is with me, I’ve paid you an eternal cost, go away”. And God would not kill us, because it’s not against His law anymore to accept us in Jesus. That formation would keep on experiencing interactions forever.

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