Why Jesus Had To Die?

W. Terry Varner
March 2, 2014

A scarlet thread runs through all 66 books of the Bible. That scarlet thread is—the blood of Jesus. It is impossible for man to reduce God and His ways to the molds of human understanding. Paul writes: O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? (Romans 11:33-34). Why did my Savor come to earth? Why did He die? Why did He endure the sufferings and the shame of Calvary? Consider the following:

Jesus’ death involves the foreknowledge of the Godhead. The Godhead knew man would sin and planned for our redemption before Creation. His death is described as “according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:11). Jesus submitted to death in fulfilling the Godhead’s purpose from all eternity; i.e. to give man the “hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” (Titus 1:2).

Jesus’ death was required by Divine justice as an acceptable basis for atonement and reconciliation. Involved in understanding man’s redemption is the nature of God. His nature possesses holiness, justice, righteousness, and purity and consequently He cannot approve nor look upon sin. John writes, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

We must not take sin nonchalantly, but seriously. When you and I sin we rebel against God. Sin is treason against Heaven. It is defiance of divine law enacted for the glory of God and the good of man. Sin’s wages is death (Rom. 6:23).

In view of this, God cannot be true to Himself nor consistent with His nature of purity, holiness, justice, and righteousness. Neither could God be true to the human family who is made in His image by ignoring or overlooking sin. He cannot forget sin and rebellion occurred. He did not do this with the angels (Jude 6). God required an acceptable sacrifice “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26).

Jesus died to demonstrate the longsuffering and grace of our loving God. The “longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah” (1 Peter 3:20) cannot be compared with His longsuffering that brought Jesus to us. The love of God is seen in sending Jesus to die in the words of John. “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9).

Jesus died that we might be the righteousness of God in Him. The righteousness of God could not come by the Law of Moses (cf. Gal. 2:21). Man needs to awaken to the fact that any religious theory that offers justification or the righteousness of God apart from the death of Jesus both nullifies and repudiates the necessity and the efficacy of the death of Jesus. Morality alone cannot save or justify anyone. If you can save yourself by your moral excellence, then Jesus died in vain. “For [God] has made [Christ] who knew no sin to be [the sin-bearer] for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (Gal. 2:20).

Jesus died that He might bring us to God. “Iam the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Atonement means “at-one-ment.” When we are baptized into Christ (Rom. 6:3-4), we are AT-ONE with God again through the blood of Jesus.