Why did Jesus have to die for us?

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.

6 Comments on “Why did Jesus have to die for us?

  1. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are impossible”!

  2. sorry…
    meant to say, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are *possible*”!

    (Good thing we have a forgiving God, or He might be mad that I said that all things are impossible with Him)

  3. Thank you, Lanis, for reading the post and your question.

    I looked in the Bible and the same question you ask is the same question a jailer asked Paul and Silas when a violent earthquake broke open the doors and everybody’s chains became loose. He asked, “What must I do to be saved?”

    They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved — you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)

    To believe is receiving the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. Like placing a gift in our outstretched hands, we receive salvation from Christ who made it possible through his death and resurrection. The only appropriate response (or “Now what I do I do?”), is to say Thank you!

    By faith, we receive God’s forgiveness and by faith, we trust this promise to be true.

    Thank you again, lanis. God bless!

  4. Thank you! but there is still a question. Paul stated: ‘have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? It obviously wasn’t enough, because Paul directed them to be re-baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and spake with tongues in Acts 19. If it wasn’t enough for them, how can it be enough for you and I today? God is no respector of persons, what he required of those born into the churh then is required today, is it not?

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