There was an eternal purpose in the death of Jesus Christ. He did not die to give us a new religion. He did not die to become a martyr. The very goal of His life was to die so God could give you and me eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4:
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
The answer is clear in these verses – “…for our sins.” All of us have violated God’s laws at some point in our lives. This is the definition of sin. Sin separates us from having a relationship with God. It is the roadblock to keeping us from inheriting eternal life and an eternal home in Heaven. Again, we see in Romans:
(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
We fall short of God because we sin. We sin because we are naturally born into this world with an inclination to go against God. The “all” in this verse includes you and me. Sin separates us from God because His holy nature and character will not allow sin to live in His presence.
The whole purpose and mission of Jesus Christ on the cross was to pay the required price for our sins – your sins and my sins. He willingly went to the cross to die for us.
Why did Christ rise again? The simple answer is that His victory over death provides the way for God to declare those who believe as righteous:
(Romans 4:24-25) “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
“Justification means to be “declared righteous.” Wouldn’t you like to be “right” in the eyes of God? There is nothing we can do to make ourselves right or righteous. God already did everything required and all that could ever be done for us when the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead.
It’s that simple. And the only requirement that God has is for us to put our trust in what He already accomplished for us. It is called faith. It is the opposite of doing your own good works or living religiously.
Renewed Thought – Christ died so that I might live.