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Why Did Jesus Have To Die?
By Adam Bartlett
If a person killed someone would you expect the killer to be punished for the crime? Why? (There must be laws and penalties for those that break them)
Think about the one you love most, it may be a parent, brother, sister, even boyfriend, or girlfriend. If they needed a blood transfusion to save their life would and you were the only match in the world, would you give it?
Knowing it would cost your life would you still give it?
This is the dilemma that faced mankind. Every person was born into sin as a result of what happened in the Garden with Adam and Eve. The first sacrifice was in the Garden of Eden, which was the animal that was sacrificed to make coats of skins for them. From that point on it was a requirement from God that blood was necessary to cover the sins of people. God made provisions in the law allowing the Jews to sacrifice various animals to cover their sins. This was only a temporary fix though and there needed to be a permanent solution.
God created man in the Garden of Eden to have fellowship with him and to talk with him and that is what happened until sin entered the picture. God is “Holy” and cannot be in the presence of sin; therefore that fellowship that He had created man for was broken. The only way for that to be brought back was through “blood” covering. The life is in the blood and therefore it would cost “life” to regain that relationship with God. Animals were never intended to be that solution, but were only a covering until the life blood of a human could be offered. Since all man was now born into sin and it required “sinless” blood to pay the price God had to send His own Son. That was the whole purpose of Jesus coming to this earth, to be that sacrifice for man. Now instead of going through a priest and the rituals for forgiveness we can go directly to God through Jesus.
The Bible explains in great detail why it was necessary for a blood covering
What the Bible says:
1. The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
2 If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,
4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
1. Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary.
2 A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.
3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place,
4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron's staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.
5 Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry.
7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.
9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.
10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings--external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,
17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.
18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.
19 When Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.
20 He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."
21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies.
22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.
25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.
26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
1 Peter 3
18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
2 Corinthians 5
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Jesus came to do what we were not capable of doing as man born into sin. He was born of a virgin and therefore was not subject to the seed of man. He was 100 % man in the flesh but also 100 % God in His Spirit. That allowed Him to be the sinless sacrifice needed to atone for our sins.
God provided “Himself” a sacrifice for mankind and restored that relationship that He created us for in the Garden.
If you don’t know Him contact me and I would love to introduce you to Him.
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