I am not able to adequately explain how Jesus is both God and man to satisfy human reason, nor convince scientifically how His death pardons me. However, in this one act, God redeemed the whole world. God, the perfect Judge, passed out a sentence for all of man’s crimes (sins). Jesus, by being sinless and entirely innocent, satisfied the penalty for our sins and died for all of us. This was not an act of injustice, but an act of incomprehensible love!
Why did Jesus have to die for us? God, who is perfect, is incompatible with imperfection and thereby opposed to sin.Yet, despite our sins, God wants all of us to live eternally with Him. There lies the problem. People must be held accountable because their sins can’t be overlooked. We must be perfect to be compatible with God.
The Bible teaches that we can never be perfect on our own. Our situation is too severe. This is where the life and death of Jesus Christ comes in. Out of love, God satisfied his own standard of perfection by absorbing within Himself the sins of the world and the punishment which those sins deserved. In Jesus’ death on the cross, humanity pays for its sin and the record is wiped clean. When we believe in Christ as our only hope of salvation, God forgives all past, present and future sins.
The main point of the Bible can be easily misunderstood. God’s Word is not meant to inspire great feats of self-effort, but to expose our sinful condition and need for God through Christ. God’s plan of salvation is like a large inheritance sitting in a bank. It will come to nothing if people don’t come and receive this gift as their own. This free gift comes only to those who believe. On the day of judgment, a believer will stand before God with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. With this assurance, we can face God, our Creator and our Savior, with joy, not fear.