Now that we know who crucified Jesus, it's important to understand why. The simple answer is,“...Christ died for OUR sins...” (I Corinthians 15:3)
Why did Christ have to die, you ask?
Here's the answer. God is HOLY. He will not accept us in our sins.
“...O Lord my God, mine HOLY ONE...thou art of PURER EYES than to behold evil, and canst NOT look on iniquity...” (Habakkuk 1:12-13)
“...Your iniquities have SEPARATED between you and your God, and your sins have HID HIS FACE FROM YOU, that you will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
Breaking man's laws are crimes against society. Breaking God's laws, (called sins and iniquities), are CRIMES against GOD!
King Solomon had it right when he said, “For there is not a just man upon the earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20) Let's face it, “All have sinned...”, (Romans 3:23), and since all have sinned, ALL are guilty. Those sins, by the way, offend God!
As in any crime, when the offender is caught, a judgment is imposed, a verdict is rendered, and then the punishment is normally meted out.
My Friend, since sins are crimes against God, they must be punished! Would a Holy God choose to ignore sin? Wouldn't His very nature obligate Him to judge it?
“The Lord...will by no means ACQUIT the wicked...”, nor will He CLEAR “...the guilty...” (Nahum 1:3; Numbers 14:18)
Sin is so heinous, look what God says about it...
“...Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth DEATH.” (James 1:15)
“The wages (payment) of sin is DEATH...” (Romans 6:23)
“The soul that sinneth, it shall DIE.” (Ezekiel 18:4)
Sin is so hated by God, it carries with it a death sentence. Could that be why HELL will last for Eternity? Won't it last forever?
My Friend, God's verdict against sin demands payment! As awful as it sounds, SOMEONE must pay for sin. Unless that payment is made, “...EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT...” awaits all who die lost in their sins! (Matthew 25:46)
Do you understand now, why Christ had to suffer such a horrible death? He was dying for our SINS.
Those words are good news to anyone who desires to go to HEAVEN. Wouldn't you like to be pardoned from YOUR sins? Believe the Gospel, and get saved! Here it is again, “...Christ died for our sins...he was buried, and...he rose again the third day...and he was SEEN...”!!! (I Corinthians 15:1-8)
The blood that stained the old rugged cross satisfied God's HOLY judgment. When Jesus died, He became “...a ransom for ALL...” (I Timothy 2:6). HE SEALED OUR PARDON WITH HIS BLOOD, HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOUR!
There's more GOOD NEWS:
“Who his own self bare our sins IN HIS OWN BODY on the tree...” (I Peter 2:24)
“For Christ also hath suffered once for sins, the just...” JESUS, “...for the unjust...”, THAT'S US,“that he might bring us to God, BEING PUT TO DEATH IN THE FLESH...” (I Peter 3:18)
“...The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from ALL sin.” (I John 1:7)
All who receive Jesus as personal Saviour actually get a double benefit: Our sins are taken away, and we obtain God's righteousness!
“For he hath made him to be SIN for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in him.” (II Corinthians 5:21)
May I say, how wonderful it is to know God's Forgiveness!
The words of the old-time hymn writer are very fitting here:
“Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In MY PLACE CONDEMNED HE STOOD-
Sealed MY pardon with His Blood:
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!” (Philip P. Bliss)