Why Did Jesus Die?

J. D. Conley
September 22, 2013

That Jesus died is to state a fact the world cannot deny, the evidence is too abundant. Jesus Himself testified to this fact. "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This He said, signifying what death He should die" (Jn. 12:32,33).

It is good to note some things that did not cause His death.

  1. Jesus did not die because His Father forced Him to die. Paul says this of Him, "...and being found in fashion as a man He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Phi.2:8).
  2. Jesus did not die because man forced Him to die. Men arrested Him and nailed Him to a cross. But He could have stopped them at any time, cf. Jn.10:17,18.
  3. Jesus did not die because He happily anticipated the pain and anguish of such a death. He prayed, "Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from me" (Mt.26:39).


  1. To pay the price for our sins. (Heb.9:14).
  2. Because God so loved us. (Jn.3:16).
  3. To shed His blood. (Mt.26:28).
  4. To overcome the work of Satan. (1 Jn.3:8).
  5. To take away the Old Testament. (Heb.10:9,10). The Old Covenant could not blot out sin. (Heb.10:4). The New Covenant has that power. Therefore we must come believing that Jesus is the Christ, repent of our sins, confess the name of Jesus Christ and be baptized into Him for the remission of sins. Upon doing so we have put to death the old man and have become a new creature. This in turn enables us to "be faithful unto death" (Rev.2:10).