Why did Jesus have to die on the cross to
save us from SIN?
This question is the core to our salvation. Too often
Christians believe that they will reach heaven because they
lead a "good life". This is a belief found in almost every
religious group. If you do good, you will be saved.
I have bad news my friends. The Bible makes it clear that
leading a "good life" is impossible: Rom 3:10 "There is no
one righteous, not even one." And Rom 3:23: "For all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
My friend, if you base your salvation on your own merit, you
will not make! Rom. 5:21 tells us that there is only one way
to get to heaven: "Through Jesus Christ our Lord." There is
only one way to salvation: John 10:9 9: "I am the door;
whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and
go out, and find pasture."
Eternal life is not given to those who try to do good, but
to those who believe in Jesus and accept Him in their life.
John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one
and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life."
Why? Rom 5:8-10: "But God demonstrates his own love for us
in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more
shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!"
We are saved by the blood of the Lamb. This is the only way
to salvation! Jesus is the only answer for our salvation!
Is there any other way to obtain salvation?
Acts 4:12: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is
no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be
Salvation can only be found through Jesus Christ! No other
name can save you, not even your own!
It's not to late to accept Jesus in your life. Will you
accept His salvation for you now?
Preamble: There was no prophecy about the death of the
Lord Jesus on the cross in the Old Testament. Although there
was prophecy that he was to die from the Old Testament
writings. It was not specifically stated that the Lord was
to die on the cross. Both the Roman and the Jews were not
having things in common in the historical record. However,
when the Lord was to be crucified, they united in order to
achieve the common goals.
Crucifixion was not practiced in the OT (where execution was
by stoning) although dead bodies were occasionally hung on a
tree as a warning (Dt. 21:22ff; cf. Gal. 3:13) Phoenicians
and Carthaginians practiced it; the Romans later used it
extensively, rarely for Romans citizens but usually for
slaves, provincials and the lowest type of criminal.
There were 3 types of Cross: The T-shaped St Anthony's
cross; the X-shaped St Andrews's cross, and the
dagger-shaped cross which is likely to have been the one
Jesus was crucified on, because of the inscription nailed to
it above his head.
After a criminal was condemned, he was "scourged" with a
ship with leather thongs, and then made to carry the
crossbeam like a salve to the scene of his execution outside
the city. He was stripped naked, laid on the ground with the
crossbeam under his shoulders and his arms or hands tied or
nailed to it. This was lifted and secured to be the upright
so that the victim's feet (which were tied or nailed) were
just clear of the ground.
The NT writers were more interested in the theological
significance of what happened. Through the cross God
reconciled Jew and Gentile to each other and to Himself.
The cross portrays Jesus Humility
"And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!"
One of the biggest problems of humanity today is pride.
Jesus humbled himself and died on the cross. The Lord is
expecting humanity to be humbled and accept Him as Lord and
He died on the Cross-to Prove His Messiah ship:
1 Cor. 1:23
"But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews
and foolishness to Gentiles,
The Symbolism of the cross is discipleship:
Mark 8:34 "When he called the crowd to Him along with his
disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must
deny himself and take up his cross and follows me.
This was Jesus speaking to the crowd. Since the cross was
not an easy thing for Him to carry, he knew that
Christianity calls for denial. He enjoined people to carry
their cross (shun worldliness, sins and cares of this world)
and follow him. Following Jesus calls for dedication,
consecration, and sanctification.
Jesus Died on the Cross-to Reconcile Us:
Sinful people are God's enemies (Romans 5:10), the NT
pictures God as a vigorous opponent of all that is evil. The
way to reconciliation is to grapple with the root cause of
the enmity. So Christ died to put away sin and so open up
the way for true reconciliation between God and man.
Jesus Died in order to Redeem Mankind Back to God:
Sinful people are in bondage to sin (John 8:34) for which
death is the only possible consequence (Roman 6:23). The
cross of Christ is the price paid to release the slaves, to
let the condemned prisoners go free. Even in the OT, where
God is said to have redeemed his people from Egypt and where
there is no actual 'price' paid, The NT word for this costly
redemption occurs only 10 times (there is another word which
means simply deliverance without a price being paid. The
price is Christ's shed blood on the cross (Eph 1:7 cf. 1
The Christian response to that gracious provision is to live
a life of service to Christ, which does not submit again to
slavery of sin (Gal. 5:1).
Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Personal Savior?
Accept Him today and live forever more! The reason why He
died on the Cross is to Redeem, Deliver, Save and Restore
everything the enemy has stolen back to you.
You are blessed!
Rev Debo Adeyemo
This is the crux of the true biblical gospel.
All throughout the history of creation, God had never
executed complete justice. Even when he sent the great flood
he still spared 8 people. He showed Noah and his family
grace. Exodus 33:19, the Lord said "I will have mercy on
whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I
will have compassion." God's compassion is for those that
meet the requirement in John 3:16 "Whosoever believes in Him
(Christ)" This means God will show mercy on those who trust
in Jesus. Jesus died for all the people before and every one
Why Jesus had to die on the cross makes simple sense:
Romans 6:23 "The penalty of sin is death." Sin garners the
death penalty and thus total separation from God. Jesus
experienced both. On the cross, he cried out, "My God My
God, why have you forsaken me?!?" In Hebrew as well, not in
Aramaic. Also, when rabbis wanted to bring a passage to
mind, they only had to quote the first portion. See Psalm 22
written centuries before the crucifixion... it describes it
in prophetic detail.
The whole Jewish animal sacrificial system existed so that
the world could understand what Jesus' sacrifice was. A goat
can't truly die in a man's place, only another man can. AND
only a sinless man can die for another's sin. And only God
is without sin. One who has sinned must die for his own
Why death, why not just punishment?
He had to die so he could be raised from the dead. The
lynchpin of Christianity is the Resurrection. A dead savior
isn't much of a savior. AND if Jesus stayed dead it was
probably because he was a fraud and God killed him for his
This is simple. One reason is for total humiliation of
God. NO ONE can say, "Oh God's just up there on His throne
being a party pooper!" No, the gospel says a living and
loving God took it upon Himself to put on human flesh and
enter our world of flesh and blood, of tears and death. God
took the initiative when he didn't have to. God would have
been totally justified to wipe us all out and still be just.
But he's also loving. Christ's death on the cross satisfies
both justice AND love. Crucifixion is especially humiliating
because it's in public, it's slow, and its victim is
The Roman Empire used it on kings and criminals to show
they didn't mess around. Furthermore, it served to satisfy
prophecy which ties the bible together and gives one
confidence that scripture was inspired by God. Crucifixion
didn't exist until hundreds of years after Psalm 22.
Secondly, many suggest that Jesus didn't die on the cross
but just "fainted" and that he woke in the "cool of the
cave". Of course this is absurd. For the Resurrection to be
valid and unquestioned, EVERYONE had to know without a doubt
that Jesus was dead. DEAD DEAD.
God chose the Romans to execute him because the Roman
Empire was known then and throughout history since to not
fail in executions. If the Roman soldiers who were charged
with execution failed in their duty, they were put to death
themselves. So you can imagine they made sure Jesus was
dead. The spear in the side was confirmation, by the fact
that water and blood came out. They knew how to crucify and
they knew how to confirm death. God made sure to stamp out
all doubt in a historical sense. He waited until the moment
in history when everyone knew what crucifixion meant before
sending His Son to the cross.
Hope this helps! God bless you.
First of all it is necessary to understand why no one
else could do it. When Adam sinned it was in fact a sell out
to Satan. Adam may not have realized the full consequences
of what he did but nevertheless, he was disobedient to God.
Prior to this Satan (Lucifer, as he was known then) rebelled
in heaven and managed to gain the support of a third of the
Revelation 12:7-AV And there was war in heaven: Michael and
his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought
and his angels,
Revelation 12:3-AV And there appeared another wonder in
heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads
and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Revelation 12:4-AV And his tail drew the third part of the
stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the
dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be
delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Luke 10:18-AV And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as
lightning fall from heaven.
After seducing Eve and Adam to sin, Satan became the prince
of this world.
John 12:31-AV Now is the judgment of this world: now shall
the prince of this world be cast out.
John was talking about Satan being defeated by Jesus. But
what really happened here? Let us go back to the book of Job
where Satan is pictured as the prince of this world in a
Job 1:6-AV Now there was a day when the sons of God came to
present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also
Job 1:7-AV And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and
fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
There are two occasions such as this mentioned in Job. What
I believe happens is that God, from time to time calls a
conference of planetary leaders. Certainly the language
explains that Satan appeared there as the prince of earth.
God did not show him the door but permitted him to attend
the conference since it was his right, as owner of the earth
and mankind, to do so. He had been defeated in Heaven when
he mounted what we would call a military coup, and was cast
out, but had now gained a planet of his own to call home.
But how could we get it back? Why, by redemption of course.
The redemption process given to the Jews so that they would
understand the big picture, provided for a purchase
agreement to be drawn up when a man sold land or slaves.
This agreement would also include an agreed redemption price
and other conditions of sale like how long the new owner
would be able to remain (to get a crop off for instance)
after the redemption price was paid. Either the man who sold
the property could redeem it or a direct descendent such as
a son. If the Ďtenantí refused to vacate the land or return
the slave, the redeemer could open the seals on the original
purchase agreement, and with the open document as his
authority, use whatever force was necessary to take back the
possession. There was a 50 year limit on any such sale to
safeguard family property put there by God for manís
However there is no such limit involving the big picture.
Now since the wages of sin is death, according to God, the
redemption of the earth required the blood sacrifice (death)
of a man, Adam or a descendent. This man of course, had to
be in the same moral condition as Adam was when the deal was
made. Are you starting to get the picture? Mankind could
never produce a redeemer! As a condition of Adamís fall,
every child born of man was born into legal slavery to Satan
Now God had a couple of options open to Him here. The easy
way was to let things run their course and when Satan had
demonstrated the utter haplessness of his position to the
watching universe, just zap the earth, Satan, mankind and
all. That of course would have meant that everyone who ever
lived on the planet would only have the time allotted to
them here as a life and not have a chance for eternal life
which was what was originally intended when we were created.
The other option was to somehow provide a way mankind, and
the earth, could be redeemed. And the only way to do this
was for God Himself, in the form of His Son, to take on
human flesh as a man and pay the redemption price for
mankind. It had to be the Son part of the Godhead that did
this because the Father had to remain aloof. In fact we are
told that this plan was made before the world began. God had
foreknowledge of what mankind would do and provided a
solution even before creating him.
We all know the story of how the Holy Spirit caused the
conception of the baby in the virgin Mary. Since he was not
conceived of man, but of God, He was able to be born without
the Ďoriginal siní condition common to all mankind. Because
this redemption thing had to be done by a Man and not a God,
Jesus was totally unable to use any divine power while He
went through this process. He was also tempted severely by
Satan, who gave his personal attention to the task, because
not being stupid, he knew what was being done here. Jesus
could have sinned just as Adam did. Imagine what might have
resulted if that had happened!
Now because Satan had such an interest in getting Jesus to
sin, even to think an angry thought, he arranged for Him to
be killed by the cruellest and most horrible means ever
thought up by an evil mankind. Maybe he could get Jesus to
get angry with the soldiers who were torturing him. When
that didnít happen he arranged for one of the thieves to
tempt Jesus to use His divine power to come down off the
cross. He could have done that, but it would have meant
failing His mission.
It was known beforehand what method would be used to kill
Jesus because when the children of Israel were in the desert
at one time they were being bitten by a plague of poisonous
snakes. God gave instructions to make a brass serpent and
hang it on a cross. Any snake bitten Israeli who looked upon
the brass serpent on the cross was healed of the snake bite.
This was a prelude to when Jesus, (who took upon Himself the
sins of the world and was therefore pictured as a snake, a
symbol of sin), would be hoisted up on a cross and all who
look upon Him (believe in Him) will be healed of sin and
have everlasting life.
Jesus paid the redemption price for the earth and mankind
and as the result of this, we all now belong to Jesus, or
can if we choose to. In Revelation we are given a vision of
the Father holding up a scroll sealed with seven seals, and
calling for someone to take the scroll. Only one being could
come forward and take that scroll, and He is pictured both
as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and as a Lamb, slain. Our
redeemer, Jesus. He took the scroll out of the Fatherís hand
and proceeded to open the seals. We are given other visions
of history, prophecy when Revelation was written, as each
seal is opened. When the last seal is opened, there are
thunders, and lightening and great noise and Jesus comes
back to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to take
back his possession by force.
My study of prophecy and that of every other bible student I
have encountered, reveals that this time is almost upon us.
There is now quite an urgency to spread the Gospel message
of salvation while we are still able.
I pray that readers not already saved will do something
about it. And that those who are, will be taken with this
sense of urgency I and others now feel.
God knew from the Old Testament that man would keep
sinning and making animal sacrifices over and over again to
make atonement for our sins. So God offered the ultimate
sacrifice, Jesus his son, to bear our sins on the cross, so
that we might have life.
God does not exist outside of logic. Because God is Holy
he cannot ( is my understanding ) have in His presence,
anything Unholy. Sinful man (that is man) is Unholy. In
order for man to be Holy, and therefore able to be in the
presence of God, he must be redeemed. Surely a sinful man
couldn't redeem himself, much less all of us, so we needed a
sin-free man to redeem us. Jesus' Holy life did that.
But why did he have to die on the cross to save us from SIN?
Specifically to fulfill prophec(y)(ies), I guess. Generally
speaking, I think, he needed to live a sin-free life, which
he did. But in order to LIVE a sin-free life he surely had
to die. Why did it have to be such a terrible, painful
death, I don't know. Surely, taking on EVERY SIN ever
committed by man had to have been terrible in itself.
I look forward to the responses you get. Thanks for taking
the time to read my correspondence, Mike
I believe one of the answers to the question is: There
had to be a shedding of blood for an atonement for our sins
and it had to be spotless blood and Jesus was the only one
that could have shed spotless blood. If Jesus had not died
on the cross for our sins we would be lost without any hope
headed for a Devil's hell. Thank God He did die for us that
day on Calvary, I so glad we have a Saviour aren't you,
Praise His wonderful Name.
Love, Dean Linville
The cross itself was the method of " death penalty" of
Jesus' day. But nothing that our God does, is a coincidence.
There are significance's in the cross itself.( for another
I make sure my children understand... that no one killed
Jesus! He gave himself over to the authorities, as a lamb to
slaughter. But at any time He could have called a legion of
angels to take him home.
For the atonement of sin, a blood sacrifice was required
. No more sacrifices are EVER required for our sins. Jesus
willingly paid it all for you & me.
Jesus died for my sin because we all are subject to
death--fear of death or the lack of continual living
forever. Hebrews chapter 29-18:galatians chapter 3:11 states
that Christ was to become sin-( sin is the transgression of
the law of God) I john 3:4-(because the carnal minded is
death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace,
because the carnal mind is enmity against God-( God is
spirit)-for it is not subject to the law of God -(God is
spirit) john 4:23,24- for I delight in the law of
God-(God is spirit) - after the
inward man: but I see another law-( spirit of death) in my
members, warring against the law of God -(spirit of God)- of
my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin
which is in my members. O wretched man that I am!! Who shall
deliver me from the body of this death? So then with the
mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the
law of sin.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are
in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free from the law of sin and death-- for us
that we might become the sons and daughters of God. He took
the curse of the law-( the condemnation of the law working
in our members), (the law of sin and death) - upon himself
that thru death on the cross that death has been defeated
that opens the door to heaven and earth for mankind.
He did this because of the transgression Adam and eve
made and thru the spirit of God desiring to work in the
heart of them and their heritage or seed of family that the
law of God would be kept by faith, man thru all the
instruments God employed for man to accomplish he failed to
live obedient to the law of God -ten commandments, so since
that didn't happen and likely that man wouldn't, he-God-
prophesied that a seed- (Christ) would come to keep the law
of God by faith alone . So Christ took on mans nature - the
spirit of death in the body and defeated it by not allowing
thru the mind to submit to its avenues of transgression,
rebellion, or allegiance to Satan's works.
Hebrews chapter 2:9-18, read
those passages. Also I peter 2:21-24, reiterates the same
context .verse 24 reads who -(Christ)- his own self bare our
sins in his body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were
healed. Christ had to come to save us from sin because of
three things one: man couldn't keep Gods law, two: since man
couldn't keep his law someone who was God who required it to
be kept, he alone had to come and ransom others-creatures
who couldn't save themselves, yes God took on human nature -
the incarnation - the God man- a holy spirit in the mind
recoiling the body of the spirit of death and not allowing
sin to rule the mind, where as we are born our minds are
already subject to a rebellious attitude against God.
Three: to vindicate the consistent law of God. That it
was on trial . Does the law of God thru Christ completely
satisfy always and perpetuate total freedom to his
creatures? Is the law of God just? Is God always true to his
freedom and character? Christ came and showed us the law can
be kept by faith in him alone and sustained by
sanctification thru his spirit . So without someone to come
and save us we would still live in sin with no answer after
the grave. The bible says that it is appointed unto men once
to die , but after this the judgment.
Hebrews 9:27. So without a law that is just there would
be no judgment. So the remainder of the creatures that die
without knowing hope after the grave is frighten to us as
creatures , we wont to live forever. Christ came and
defeated death and succored heaven and earth and gave us
opportunity to still know him and to possibly live with him
forever if we stay faithful to him. Other passages on this
is : Hebrews 9: 14,15; Galatians 5:16-24; Galatians 4:1-9
these passages deal with the contrasting elements of the
spirit of God and the spirit of death. This is true
justification to take our nature and conquer it so that we
do not have to serve that nature thru Christ the lord. My
understanding is that why would Christ come to save but have
no power to keep us from going back into bondage . It would
be in vain to waste the time. If any would share their
comments i would appreciate it.