Daily Archives: April 8, 2009

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

A disc jockey on the radio this morning made the comment that Good Friday will be a great Friday because it is going to be 8 degrees and sunny. When weather is a greater cause for happiness than the Son of God guaranteeing the eternal salvation of a numberless multitude of people we have slid down a great distance. I know, I know, we shouldn’t expect sound theology from morning show hosts. But let’s just see a few texts that tell us why the death of Christ makes Good Friday very good.

Matthew 20:28 (ESV)
even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

John 1:29 (ESV)
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

John 3:14-17 (ESV)
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, [15] that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
[17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Acts 20:28 (ESV)
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

Romans 4:25 (ESV)
who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Galatians 1:4 (ESV)
who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Galatians 4:4-5 (ESV)
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, [5] to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Col. 2:14-15 (ESV)
by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. [15] He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

1 Thes. 1:10 (ESV)
and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

1 John 1:7 (ESV)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 2:2 (ESV)
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

These are just a few texts that tell us why Jesus died. The sin that Jesus died for on Good Friday is a great tragedy. The fact that sinners hated Jesus and put Him to death is horrifying. But the love that sent Him into the world to die for sinners makes Good Friday very good.

Today, meditate on what the cross was for, what it accomplished, and who was required to accomplish it. And then bow down in wonder and worship.