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Did Jesus Have to Die?
death of Christ Jesus was foretold in
the Old Testament many, many years before
He died (Isaiah 53:8; Daniel 9:26; Zech.
13:7). So, just WHY did He have to die?
When I became a Christian, this was one
of my biggest questions.
- 1. It
was necessary for our redemption. Luke 24:46 And
said unto them, Thus
it is written, and thus it behoved
Christ to suffer, and to rise from
the dead the third day: [KJV] Jesus’ Words. The Bible
clearly stated that the Messiah must
suffer and die and rise again from
the dead on the third day. Jesus’
role as a prophet was foretold in
Deut. 18:15-20; His sufferings were
prophesied in Psalm 22 and Isaiah
53; His resurrection was predicted
in Psalm 16:9-11 and Isaiah 53:10-11.
Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that
Christ must needs have suffered, and
risen again from the dead; and that
this Jesus, whom I preach unto you,
is Christ. [KJV]
- 2. Acceptable,
as a sacrifice to God. Matthew 20:28 Even
as the Son of man came not to be ministered
unto, but to minister, and to give
his life a ransom for many. [KJV] Jesus’ Words. A “ransom”
was the price paid to release a slave
from bondage. Jesus often told His
disciples that He would have to die,
but here He told them why --- to redeem
all people from the bondage of sin
and death. The disciples thought that
as long as Jesus was alive, He could
save them. But Jesus revealed that
only His death would save them and
the world. Our Lord speaks of His
death in terms applied to the sacrifices
of the Old Testament. He was the Perfect
Sacrifice for the sins of men, a True
and Sufficient Sacrifice, and the
only one God the Father would accept.
He was a ransom for many, and enough
- 3. Jesus
was the final Sacrifice. When God taught His people to worship
Him, He placed great importance on
sacrifices. WHY? Sacrifices were God’s
Old Testament way for people to ask
forgiveness for their sins. God has
made it very clear that sin separates
people from Him, and that those who
sin deserve to die. Romans
3:23 For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God;
[KJV] Since we ALL “have sinned”
God, in His goodness, mercy and love,
directed that sacrifice was a way
people could seek forgiveness and
restore their relationship with Him.
Because God is a God of endless love
and mercy, God decided from the very
first that He (God the Son, Jesus)
would come into our world and die,
to pay the sin penalty for all humans.
Jesus, while still God, became a human
being. In the meantime, before God
made this ultimate sacrifice of His
Son, He instructed people to kill
animals as sacrifices for sin. Animal
sacrifice accomplished two purposes:
(1) the animal symbolically took the
sinner’s place and paid the
penalty for their sin, and (2) the
animal’s death represented one
life given so that another life could
be saved. This method of sacrifice
continued throughout Old Testament
times. It was effective in teaching
and guiding people and to bring them
back to God. But in New Testament
times, Christ’s death became
the last Sacrifice needed. He took
our punishment, once and for all.
Animal sacrifice is no longer required.
Now, all people can be freed from
the penalty of sin, IF they simply
believe in Jesus and accept the forgiveness
- 4. How
does shed blood make atonement for
17:11 For the life of
the flesh is in the blood: and I have
given it to you upon the altar to
make an atonement for your souls:
for it is the blood that maketh an
atonement for the soul. [KJV]
When offered with the right attitude,
the sacrifice and the blood shed from
it made forgiveness of sin possible.
Blood represented the sinner’s
life, infected by his sin and headed
for death. The blood also represented
the innocent life of the animal that
was sacrificed in place of the guilty
person making the offering. Death
of the animal (of which the blood
was proof) fulfilled the penalty of
death. God therefore granted forgiveness
to the sinner. It is God who forgives
based on the faith of the person doing
- 5. How
can a holy God look on us sinners? How is it possible for a pure and
holy God to receive sinners without
violating His righteousness and justice?
The inspiring answer comes from the
Book of Exodus! Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be
to you for a token upon the houses
where ye are: and when I see the blood,
I will pass over you, and the plague
shall not be upon you to destroy you,
when I smite the land of Egypt.
[KJV] This was the Passover. Christ
is our Passover (1Cor. 5:7). Christ
is the Lamb of God (John 1:29); often
in the Revelation He is called “the
Lamb.” A lamb to be offered
for sacrifice was to be in its prime;
Christ offered up Himself in His prime.
It was to be without blemish; the
Lord Jesus was a Lamb without spot
(Hebrews 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19): the
judge who condemned Christ declared
Him innocent (Luke 23:4,14). It was
to be slain, and roasted with fire,
denoting the painful sufferings of
the Lord Jesus, even unto death, the
death of the cross. The wrath of God
is as fire, and Christ was made a
curse for us. Not a bone of it must
be broken, which was fulfilled in
Christ (John 19:33), denoting the
unbroken strength of the Lord Jesus.
The sprinkling of the blood was typical.
The blood of the lamb must be sprinkled,
denoting the applying of the merits
of Christ’s death to our souls;
we must receive the atonement (Romans
5:11). Faith is the bunch of hyssop,
by which we apply the promises, and
the benefits of the Blood of Christ
laid up in them, to ourselves. It
was to be applied on the door-posts,
denoting the open profession we are
to make of our faith in Christ. It
was not to be sprinkled upon the threshold;
which cautions us to take heed of
trampling under foot the Blood of
the covenant (Hebrews 10:29). It is
precious Blood, and must be precious
to us! The blood, thus sprinkled,
was a means of preserving the Israelites
from the destroying angel, who would
not go where the blood was struck
on the door posts. The Blood of Christ
is the believer’s protection
from the wrath of God, the curse of
the law, and damnation of eternal
Hell (Romans 8:1,3). The solemn eating
of the lamb was typical of our Gospel
duty to Christ. The Passover lamb
was not to be looked upon only, but
to be fed upon. We must by faith make
Christ our own; and we must receive
spiritual strength and nourishment
from Him, as from our food (John 6:53,55).
It was all to be eaten; those who
by faith feed upon Christ, must feed
upon a whole Christ; they must take
Christ and His yoke, Christ and His
cross, as well as Christ and His crown.
It was to be eaten at once, not put
off till morning. Today Christ is
offered, and He is to be accepted
while it is still today, before we
sleep the sleep of death. The Passover
lamb was to be eaten with bitter herbs,
in remembrance of the bitterness of
their bondage in Egypt; we must feed
upon Christ with sorrow and brokenness
of heart, remembering our sin. Christ
will be sweet to us, even if sin is
bitter. It was to be eaten standing,
completely dressed, being ready to
leave. When we feed upon Christ by
faith, we must forsake the rule and
the dominion of sin; sit loose to
the world, and every thing in it;
forsake all for Christ, and think
it no bad bargain (Hebrews 13:13-14).
The feast of unleavened bread was
typical of the Christian life (1 Corinthians
5:7-8). Having received Christ Jesus
the Lord, we must continually delight
ourselves in Him. The Jews were very
strict as to the Passover, so that
no leaven should be found in their
houses. Leaven is a symbol of evil
in the Bible. It must be a feast kept
in love, without the leaven of hatred
or malice; and in sincerity, without
the leaven of hypocrisy. It was by
an ordinance for ever; so as long
as we live we must continue feeding
upon Christ, rejoicing in Him always,
and with thankful mention of the great things He has done for us.
- 6. The
death of Jesus designated by God. (Isaiah 53:6, 10; Acts 2:23) Jesus’
death is considered as God’s
act; and of wonderful grace and wisdom.
Because Divine justice had to be satisfied,
God and man brought back together
again, and Christ Himself glorified,
His death could not be altered. Christ
was God’s Holy One, sanctified
and set apart to His service in the
work of redemption. His death and
sufferings should be to all who belong
to Him, the entrance to a blessed
life for evermore. Everything that
happened to Jesus was under God’s
death was voluntary. (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 26:53; John
10:17-18). Jesus’ death and
resurrection, as part of God’s
plan for the salvation of the world,
were under God’s full control.
No one could kill Jesus without His
consent. No one could demand His life
of Him, but He laid it down, freely
and willingly, for our redemption.
He offered Himself to be the Saviour.
He didn’t have to leave the
glory and safety of Heaven, knowing
all too well what was in store for
Him; but He came! For us sinners,
He came! He offered Himself for the
Supreme Sacrifice. He was both the
offerer and the offering, so that
His laying down His life was His offering
of Himself. It is plain, that He died
in our place, to obtain our freedom
from the penalty and punishment of
sin, to obtain the pardon of our sin.
His death obtained that pardon for
us. Our Lord laid down His life for
His sheep, for the world, for all
that are wise enough to accept Him
and all He has done for us. If you
do not know Jesus for the full pardon
of your sins, turn to Him today. He’s
waiting with open arms.
10:9-10 That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved.  For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness; and
with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation. [KJV] also see: John 1:12-13;
3:15-18; 5:24; 1 John 5:10-12.
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