Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
Galatians 5.24 : "Those who are Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with his passions and desires, and if we live by the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
Definition: the cross is like an altar of sacrifices. The death of Jesus expiates our sins.
Galatians 2.20 : "I was crucified with Christ, and if I live, it is no longer I who live, it is Christ who lives in me, if I live now in the flesh, I live in faith in the Son. of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. "
God is holy and entirely just, so he can not accept our sinful nature, which is that of every man. In His great mercy, He therefore sent His Son Jesus Christ to take the punishment for us. The work of the cross was the only way for us to be justified and forgiven. The Bible speaks of the Son of God, who out of love for us, gave himself up to death for us. At the cross of Calvary, the Lord sacrificed himself to pay the price of sin that separates us from God. Jesus had to suffer and die on the cross for our redemption.
1 Peter 2.24 : "He who bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we who died to sins should live for righteousness, whose bruises you were healed."
The death of Jesus on the cross is the key to our salvation. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, reconciliation with God is possible. Several aspects of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross are mentioned:
- He is the proof of the incomparable and perfect love of God our Father to all men, for while "we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5.8)
- It is the atonement of sins: "And this love consists not in the fact that we, we loved God, but in the fact that he loved us and sent his Son as an atonement for our sins." (1 John 4:10)
- He cancels our condemnation because: "He has effaced the act of which the ordinances condemned us and which subsisted against us, and he destroyed it by nailing it to the cross." (Colossians 2.14)
- It is the redemption of mistakes: "For you have been redeemed at a great price." (1 Corinthians 6.20)
- He is the victory over evil: "He stripped the dominions and the authorities, and publicly gave them a show, triumphing over them by the cross." (Colossians 2:15)
- The Lord, who has not known sin, voluntarily takes the place of the transgressor so that we may be justified. Jesus accepts to "drink the cup", that is to say, to be punished in our place because "He (God the Father) made him become sin for us so that in him (Jesus) we would become righteousness of God. " (2 Corinthians 5.21)
- The sacrifice of Jesus is madness for men "for the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who perish, but for us who are saved, it is a power of God." (1 Corinthians 1.18).
- By Jesus Christ alone, reconciliation is now possible "Indeed, if we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son when we were his enemies, we will be much more saved by his life now that we are reconciled. " (Romans 5.10)
Romans 8.1: "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death...."
The infinite greatness of God's love and his plan for the salvation of men are presented in (chapter 53) of the book of the prophet Isaiah, which painstakingly describes the sufferings of Christ. Jehovah has laid on His Son the iniquity of us all, and the chastisement which gives us peace has fallen on Him. The plan of Jehovah was to break Him by suffering, so that He would take care of our sorrows and pay the price on the cross, so that we would be delivered from our sins and all that separated us from Him. Jesus took upon Him a condemnation that deserved our sin.
Matthew 27.46 : "About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice," My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? "
Conclusion: Jesus was up to the cross to shed his blood, to fulfill God's plan for the salvation of men. He was humbled by taking a human form and it was in this body of flesh that he won the victory over sin. The work of the cross is the foundation of the people of God, it is not necessary to add anything to his work. Let us leave aside our pretensions or our fears, for his work is perfect and sufficient. To obtain the forgiveness of our sins, salvation, eternal life, all that remains is for us to repent, to recognize Christ as the Son of God, what He has accomplished on the cross, and to accept Him as our Savior.
Galatians 1.3 : "Grace and peace be given to you from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, to draw us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, which is the glory for ever and ever! " Amen !