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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? (4 of 5)
Series: Who is This Jesus?
If you were given a choice, how would you choose to die? In front of a firing squad? The electric chair? Hanging? The gas chamber? I bet if you had a choice it wouldn't be any of these. You would likely choose something far less spectacular and traumatic. You might wish to die peacefully in your sleep at a ripe, old age, with a lucid mind. Better yet, if you are married, you'd probably choose to die simultaneously with your spouse. Wouldn't that be a perfect scenario?
Jesus Christ predetermined His death (Acts 4:28). Yet, the death He chose doesn't look like the perfect scenario I described. In fact, it was quite different. Speaking of a spectacular and traumatic death, Jesus' death was the epitome of drama. His death was by torture and crucifixion. The question is WHY? Couldn't Christ have accomplished more by living a full and happy life? Think of the people He could have healed, the teaching He could have done, the problems He could have solved. Wasn't it enough that He taught us to love others as God loves us? Wasn't the example of His life enough for us to follow? Why was He obsessed with dying? Why didn't He defend Himself in court for the sake of His family, His disciples, and all who admired Him? Why did He have to suffer and die? What was the point?
The best passage in the Bible that answers the question, "Why did Jesus have to die?" is Romans 3:21-26. This is the most critical passage in Romans. Not only is it the heart of Romans, it's been called the greatest paragraph in the entire Bible. Therefore, if we fail to understand this passage correctly, we'll be unable to grasp the central message of the Scriptures. For it's here that we see what we are, what God is, and what God had done for us.
Now you may be thinking to yourself, "I already know these things; can't we go back to our study through Revelation?" Yet, before you let your mind get the ...
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