Jesus – Died for Sin
The scripture tells us that Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). He paid the price we could not pay and died the death we all, as sinful humans, deserve to die. Jesus was born, lived, died, and arose so that we could come to a right standing with God by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus emphatically stated; “I am the way the truth and the life, and no ones comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The scripture tells us that “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of
sins” (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus shed his blood so that ours does not need to be shed. Without Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sin, we stand alone before holy God and have to make payment for our own sin. “The penalty of sin is death” (Romans 3:23). Furthermore, the cross of Christ was far more than physical pain. Immediately before Jesus was taken away to be crucified, we see that he is praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prays “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” What is this cup that Jesus speaks of? In the Old Testament “the cup” is a metaphor for God’s wrath and judgement on evil doers (Ezekiel 23:32-34; Isaiah 51:17; Jeremiah 25:15; Psalm 75:8). The cup is God’s wrath, judgement, anger, and just payment that is poured out on sinners for their rebellion and wickedness. Jesus is in great agony in Gethsemane, not because he is fearful of the physical pain that awaits him. Jesus is stricken with agony because very soon he will have the cup of God’s wrath poured out on him for sin. On the cross, Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath and secured the way for all who would believe to stand blameless before their Creator. Jesus is called our sacrificial Lamb without blemish or spot (1 Peter 1:19). He was sacrificed to quench God’s perfect wrath, and only as the unblemished Lamb could Jesus pay this price.
Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t God just wipe the slate clean for everyone? Because all real love and real forgiveness requires sacrifice. The payment, which is death and separation from God, had to be made for sin. All sins are big sins because they are all committed against a big God. God is so holy that he will not just look over our sin, but at the same time he is so loving that he will not abandon us to destruction. If God does not justly judge and pour out his wrath on the evil doer, then he is not loving. God loves us so much that he sent his Son to die and pay the penalty for our sin. Thanks be to God the Father for sending his one and only Son to take our place on the cross.

He is not safe, but He is good. He is the King that does what He pleases. It just so happens that it pleased this King to go to a cross to redeem a people for Himself. We hope and pray that you come to see and savor all that Jesus is for you. For your joy and the glory of God!