Sometimes I stop to really think about Jesus’ blood paying the price for our salvation. In my western American experience, it kind of sounds strange. Human sacrifice to provide salvation? But when we take a closer look at Scripture, it begins to become clear—the way forward for us, was the way down for Jesus.
Let’s explore a string of key biblical passages that helps us understand “Why did Jesus have to die?”
The Consequence of Sin: Our Need for Salvation
Genesis 2:15-17 and Genesis 3:6-7
The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden sets the stage for understanding the cost of sin. God commanded them not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, warning them that they would surely die if they disobeyed. Unfortunately, they succumbed to temptation, and their eyes were opened to their nakedness. They attempted to cover themselves with fig leaves, but their sin had consequences.
God’s Provision: Our Path for Salvation
Genesis 3:15 and Genesis 3:21
Despite the fall of humanity, God did not abandon us. In Genesis 3:15, God prophesies about someone who will come from the line of the woman and crush the head of the serpent. This foreshadows Jesus, the Savior who would conquer sin and death. In Genesis 3:21, we see God’s provision for Adam and Eve’s shame and nakedness. He made garments of animal skin for them, signifying the first blood sacrifice because of sin.
The Cost of Sin: The Price of Salvation
Romans 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21
Romans 3:23 teaches us that the wages of sin is death. Sin separates us from God and leads to eternal death (the second death, see Revelation 21:8). However, God’s love for us is demonstrated in 2 Corinthians 5:21. God made Jesus, who had no sin, to be sin for us. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, God sees us as righteous before his eyes. Jesus paid the price for our sins, offering us forgiveness and eternal life (John 3:16).
Jesus as the Perfect Sacrifice: In Our Place for Our Salvation
Matthew 1:23 and Hebrews 4:15
Jesus, the Son of God, came to fulfill the prophecies and provide the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. In Matthew 1:23, we learn that Jesus is Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.” He took on human form to empathize with our weaknesses and endure temptations. Hebrews 4:15 assures us that Jesus was tempted in every way, yet he remained sinless. This makes him the perfect sacrifice, bridging the gap between God and humanity.
The Power of Jesus’ Sacrifice: Our Cleansing for Salvation
Matthew 6:26-28 and Hebrews 9:22b
During the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and wine, symbolizing his body and blood. In Matthew 6:26-28, he instructs his disciples to partake in remembrance of him. This act represents the new covenant, where Jesus’ blood is poured out for the forgiveness of sins. Hebrews 9:22b emphasizes the necessity of shedding blood for forgiveness. Jesus’ sacrifice holds the power to cleanse us from sin and offer us salvation.
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Salvation Through Jesus Alone: The Only Way for Salvation
Acts 4:11-12 and Romans 10:9-10
Acts 4:11-12 declares that salvation is found in Jesus alone. He is the cornerstone, rejected by some but essential for our redemption. Romans 10:9-10 emphasizes the importance of confessing Jesus as Lord and believing in his resurrection. Through faith in Jesus, we are justified and saved.
What does Jesus’ Sacrifice Mean for Me?
Friend, Jesus had to die because sin carries a heavy cost – death and separation from God. However, God, in His love and mercy, provided a way for forgiveness through Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus, as the perfect and sinless Son of God, paid the price for our sins, and offers us salvation and eternal life.
So, my question:
Do you believe? If so, are you seeking to follow Jesus? If not, what is keeping you from trusting God for your salvation.
Reflect and pray about this for a few moments.
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