Many times I have wondered why it is that Jesus had to come to Earth as a man and die on a cross for our sins. After all, he’s God. And, if God has ultimate authority over all things – the world, time, space and eternity, why couldn’t He fashion a better plan of salvation than one that involved only one man and unbearable suffering? It just doesn’t make sense to me, especially when you think that as a man, Jesus could have chosen not to go to Calvary.
But today as I was reading my daily devotions, I came across the answer!
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. We all know that Jesus came to help the descendants of Abraham, not to help the angels. Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:14-17
What a total duh moment for me! Finally, an answer that wasn’t just a “because” answer. There really was a reason Jesus had to die on a cross – death was the reason. Because of the sin committed by Eve then Adam, death is what separates us from God. As the scripture says, God can never die, so without a bridge (Jesus’ death) we can never hope to live in fellowship with God.
Jesus knew all about death. He understood that it was going to be complete separation from God. In the garden he prayed for God to make another way. He agonized over the horror that awaited him outside the fellowship of his Father. But in the end, he knew that it was the only way to save us. He knew that no one else would be able to make the sacrifice and he resigned himself to faith that he would be used by God to break the power of death and the Devil. Praise the Lord!!
If you’re living a life that is marked by death and sin, I want to encourage you to step onto the life bridge that Jesus created through his death on a cross. None of us knows how long we’ll have on this Earth, and your next breath might be your last. Please don’t wait to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Some people think that being a Christian is only a list of “don’ts” but in reality its freedom from the “don’ts”. It is life abundant in blessings and fullness. A life of peace and security that comes from knowing that Jesus paid our debt. And, don’t be fooled into thinking that living a “good” life in the eyes of this world will be enough to get you into heaven – the Bible tells us we’ll never be able to earn our way in. If it were that easy, Jesus wouldn’t have given up his life for us….in fact, he wouldn’t even have come to Earth as the Old Testament is all about rules for living a good life.
No, there’s only one way into Heaven and that’s asking Jesus to forgive all the sins you committed, inviting him to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life, and then following it up with baptism and a life of faith.
If you’re ready to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and to live a life that will honor Him, please say this prayer:
“Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to Earth to die on a cross for me. Thank you for paying my debt – a debt I could never repay with good deeds. Please forgive me of all the sins I’ve committed in my past, and give me the desire to live a life that follows your example. Please come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. In your holy name I pray; amen.”
If you’ve just said that prayer for the first time, I congratulate you on becoming a citizen of Heaven. I also encourage you to follow up your confession of faith by getting baptized. Also, I encourage you to pick up an inexpensive Bible at your local bookstore or Christian bookstore and start reading it – I’d start in the book of Mark in the New Testatment. There you’ll learn about Jesus, his ministry, and why he came to die for us. Many blessings to you!