Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Necessity of Christ's Death

Why did Jesus have to die? Many object to the fact that Christ had to be put to death and that blood had to be shed for the remission of sins (Matt 26:28). They believe this is unbecoming of God. Others believe that if we as humans can forgive others without punishment and God cannot, then humans are more kind and forgiving than God.

These objection will be heard quite frequently, sometimes even coming from church pulpits. Besides their lack of understanding Scripture these arguments escape reason. They escape reason because the same people who make these arguments then go on to make distinctions between good and evil, and preach moral living. Why should man be moral? Why is it wrong to be immoral? These are the very questions Anselm raised when dealing with the necessity of Christ’s death. He went on to say; to remit sin without satisfaction or adjustment is not to punish it. And if sin needs no adjustment or punishment, then the one who sins is no different before God than the one who does not sin. And if there is no adjustment that needs to be made before God, then what needs to be forgiven? Following this logic there is no reason for forgiveness at all because to be unrighteous or righteous makes no difference before God. All of this is said to say that it is unbecoming of God not to punish sin because it would make evil and good equal in His sight. Since this cannot be the case, then God must punish sin.

The wages of sin is death according to scripture (Rom. 6:23). For God to offer forgiveness, the satisfaction of these wages must be met. This is what Good Friday is all about. Christ bearing upon Himself the sins of all those who come to Him through faith. It necessarily had to happen in order for God to be both just and the justifier of those who believe in Him (Rom. 3:26).

Every sin will be paid for, either we will pay for it ourselves or through faith we will accept His payment upon the cross.

Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

-Doug Eaton-

7 Comments:

At Thursday, April 13, 2006 11:11:00 PM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

Good post. This thought occurred to me once, I have been giving it some more consideration ever since. God could have chosen anything to atone for our sins: money, the death of an animal, angel or even another man. In choosing to demand the death of His only begotten Son, He chose the only thing that would cost Him. This is the way He demonstrates His matchless love toward us.

 
At Friday, April 14, 2006 5:00:00 AM, Anonymous missmellifluous said...

Thank you for this post. This week a friend of mine asked me who killed Jesus and why? It lead to a great conversation - although it was hard to talk while running! These conversations occur at the funniest of times. Your post is very clear and concise. I needed it earlier in the week!

I have often thought that it is not unfair that God punishes but that he forgives any of us at all - that, to me, seems most unfair.

Today is indeed a Good Friday! (in Australia anyway)

 
At Friday, April 14, 2006 6:16:00 PM, Blogger bluecollar said...

Great post,Doug. Guess where you'll be seeing it again!

Mark

 
At Saturday, April 15, 2006 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Hattigrace said...

Happy Easter to you and your family! Because He lives, we can face tomorrow. . .

 
At Saturday, April 15, 2006 1:49:00 PM, Blogger An Ordinary Christian said...

God bless you. I hope my sons grow up and love Christ the way you do - well, I don't actually know you, but what I mean is it would be a blessing if they loved Christ in a great, great way. They do now, but they're still kids.

 
At Saturday, April 15, 2006 2:38:00 PM, Blogger T A Blankenship said...

Great article. It is amazing that God could love us so much that He would kill His own Son as payment for our sins. Not only that, but just as He transferred our sins to Him, He transferred the righteousness of Jesus to us. WHAT A SAVIOR AND GOD.

 
At Saturday, April 15, 2006 9:08:00 PM, Blogger jazzycat said...

Doug,
Very good post. It just can't be repeated enough. What amazing grace.

Jazzycat

 

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