Bible Study: Why Did Jesus Have to Die on the Cross?
Written by Christi Given | April 9, 2016
We recently commemorated the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to address some people who may not understand why Jesus had to go to Calvary over 2,000 years ago. Why did Jesus have to die? Why is the blood of Jesus so important to eternal life and having faith in the Son of the living God? What are Good Friday, Easter and resurrection Sunday really about? Read the verse below to understand why Jesus came, and read the entire Bible chapter of Luke 24 to study more deeply.
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:45-49)
Aside from celebrating with family and friends, and aside from the secular view of what Easter is about, we want to remember with reverence why Christ came. God sent His son Jesus to this earth to live, to be an example for us and to die on the cross for our sins, paying the full penalty even though He was blameless, once and for all for our debt so that we may have a relationship with God the Father.
The scriptures from the Old Testament to the New Testament coincide and go hand in hand regarding what God had promised.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:18-21)
And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. (John 3:14)
“He said that He would have to be lifted up in the same way that Moses lifted a snake in the desert. Jesus would be held up on a pole (the cross) so that people who believed in Him could have eternal life.” (CBN.com)
The reason Good Friday is good is that Christ paid it all and it is good news. The news is for the whole world that God sent His only son that is we just believe in faith we shall have eternal life (John 3:16-17).
According to Christianity Today, on Good Friday the “commemoration of Christ’s death reminds us of the human sin that caused this death. And we see again that salvation comes only through godly sorrow—both God’s and, in repentance, ours. To pursue happiness, we must first experience sorrow. He who goes forth sowing tears returns in joy.”
We must realize the price that was paid at Calvary, and that regardless of Jesus knowing He was going to the cross, He experienced much suffering, yet obeyed.
Even though He was the Son of God, His flesh lashed out at Him being fully God and fully man (Philippians 2:7).
Jesus survived the temptation He experienced in Garden of Gethsemane by sweating drops of blood and even asked the Father to take the cup from Him if it was possible (Luke 22:42).
Ultimately Jesus knew His assignment was to be the final, perfect, unblemished, sacrificial lamb with Holy blood in His veins from the Father (as His Mother was a virgin) and Christ was the awaited child in whom all the prophesies were fulfilled (1 Peter 1:19-20).
Jesus Christ knew He would rise again on the third day, and when He said, “It is finished,” His spirit was committed to God and the price for sin was nailed on a tree once and for all (John 19:30). The unrecognizable Savior even didn’t have a broken bone (rather they pierced his ribs and side), just as spoken of in the scriptures (Zechariah 12:10).
Three days later, the stone was rolled away and Jesus conquered victory over sin, death, hell and the grave! (Luke 24) We must remember why we are blessed and saved and worship the Lord of hosts with reverence and honor.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words. (Luke 24:2-8)
What a season to reflect on and what a joy to be a daughter of the King, to be able to share in the building of the church on earth and to share the good news and Gospel to the whole world. This is why Jesus died, so we may live, and live a life of abundance, not only here on earth but also into eternity.
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.
He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” (Luke 24:37-44)
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25)
PI Girls, do you understand the real meaning of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday? Comment below!