Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Simply put, he died to pay the sin debt for mankind. Romans 3:10 states, “10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”. Romans 3:23 states, “23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”. Romans 6:23 states, “23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We needed someone who could pay our sin debt. Jesus Christ, the spotless lamb of God, was the only one who could do it.
CONSIDER Hebrews 9:11-15
“11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
JESUS GOES TO THE CROSS Matthew 27:26-35a
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.35 And they crucified him,”
After they crucified him, he was taken off the cross by Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus, prepared for burial, and then laid him in the tomb.
If this was the end of the story, we could not be saved. There was more than just the death of Jesus. We serve a …….
Tomorrow the triumphal conclusion.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001