Today we continue to answer the question, “Why did Jesus die?” One of the mot straightforward verses to consider is 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.” There are many truths packed into that one verse.
First, we need to be brought to God. The sad reality is we are all born into sin. Every person is guilty of sin (Romans 3:23), and sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2).
Second, our sin causes us to be indebted to God. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Man was created with eternity in mind, but sin infected the human race and affected God’s creation. Everything has consequences, and sin carries a death sentence. Death may seem harsh, but the alternative is worse. Death is necessary for man to leave this broken world and pass into eternity with God.
Third, Jesus’ perfect life was sufficient for all of humanity. Jesus died for sins, once for all. His righteous life in place of our unrighteous lives. He took our place on the cross. He died the death we deserve. Jesus was our substitute, and He atoned for our sin. Hence the term, substitutionary atonement. This is what we celebrate on Good Friday as we remember the cross of Jesus Christ.
Finally, Jesus defeated death. Jesus was made alive in the spirit. This is what we celebrate on Resurrection Sunday. On Good Friday, we celebrate the resurrection power of Jesus Christ as we remember the empty tomb.
These are not fanciful stories. They are historical truths. What will you do? Will you take God at His word? Do recognize Jesus really is God? Will you cry out to Him for salvation and cling to Him for life?
Jesus died for you. Will you live for Him?
John 3:18 – Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.