Why Did Jesus Have To Die? Why A Crucifixion?
by Charles Tinsley
“Why did Jesus have to die?”
“Couldn’t God just grant us salvation and forgive us of our sins without a barbaric crucifixion?”
These are very deep and thought provoking questions that are often hard to wrap our heads around. They are typical questions one may encounter when in a discussion or debate with an atheist, agnostic, or someone who adheres to a different religion. We must acknowledge that these are legitimate and necessary to approach questions when it comes to learning why Jesus ‘s sacrifice was necessary as payment for our sins.
The first question we meet is: “Why did Jesus have to die?”. After all, Jesus is God manifest in the flesh and representative of the Holy Spirit. He had divine powers that enabled Him to perform miracles and even walk on water. Surely He could have prevented His own death, right?
Well, that is something He could have done, but He chose not to. In fact, He was destined to die for our sins from the very beginning. We have to recognize the state of mankind during this time period. Man had proven time and time again how incapable of following God’s commands they truly were. Man was very deep in sin, and still is.
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Isaiah 64:6 states: “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.”
Man’s sin is the ultimate barrier between us and God. From the time Eve ate the apple in Eden up until the Death of Jesus, the Jews knew what sin was, but had no idea just how dark and serious a corruption it had caused in their lives.
Jesus had to die to show mankind how serious a matter sin truly is. He lived a sinless life and taught man about love, respect, and putting God before everything else. Of all the accounts of people in The Bible who witnessed the miracles of Jesus and all of the people who accepted His teachings, there were still those who thought Jesus was a fraud, especially when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as a sign of peace opposed to a horse which would represent a war general.
Is is important to look at the days leading to Jesus’s death…