“Why did Jesus have to die?”
That is a pretty popular question we hear these days whether it is from believers or non believers. It typically falls in line with some way of thinking that “if God is so powerful, then surely He wouldn’t have to sacrifice His son, right?”
What often gets missed in the midst of these question is an accurate reflection on just how sinful we are, and just how holy God is. For believers, there are times we forget our first love. For non believers, there is a misunderstanding of who Jesus is and what He has done. We are so sinful (me included) in fact, whether or not we are believers, we have a tendency to move on and forget about Jesus. Meaning, are we returning before the cross each day and reminding ourselves of the Gospel that saved us, and trusting it to lead us today?
I strongly encourage you whether or not you believe in Jesus, to read through these fifty reasons, slowly. Take time going through each one reflecting on what Jesus actually did for us on the cross. I pray as believers you would be freshly encouraged from this and give gratitude and praise to the Lord for what He has done. I pray for non believers that you would take the time to read this and consider the fact that either this really happened or it didn’t. There is no middle ground here. Jesus is either Lord and King, or a liar from what He proclaimed. Either way, you are making a decision each day to either believe in Him or not.
Again, read over these slowly and draw closer to Him reflecting on why Jesus died for us.
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
- To Absorb the Wrath of God
- To Please His Heavenly Father
Mark 14:43-52 - And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said,”Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” And they all left him and fled. And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.
What’s amazing about this is that even while he was being betrayed, Jesus knew and desired for Scripture to be fulfilled.
Mark 14:17-26 – “And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
“And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.” – Luke 21:37-38
Jesus continues teaching daily in the temple.
It’s that time of year. Today marks Tax Day and many will rush to file their taxes or an extension. For those that planned ahead, they can enjoy the news footage of those cramming the post office.
Some will enjoy refunds and others will have to bite their lip as they put a check in the mailbox or press submit on that bank draft.
So whether Uncle Sam has offered you a bite or taken a piece, be assured, everything still belongs to God.
It did yesterday. It does today. It will tomorrow.
For those who belong to Him, we can always rest assured He has us covered, whether money is coming in or going out.
“As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him,”Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” – Mark 11:20-21
The tree withered within 24 hours, or even sooner and represents God’s judgement on Israel.