Question 24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?

Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.

Today, we are focusing on the question, “Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?”  

The shedding of blood has been a part of the gospel narrative from the start.  When we look back at the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve sinned; they broke God's law. They realized they were naked, so the Lord killed an animal to cover their nakedness and their shame.  It took the death of an animal to cover Adam and Eve's sin. Sacrifice is the only way there can be forgiveness of sin. Woven through the Old Testament tradition of the temple and the sacrificing of spotless lambs by the priests to atone for sin is the picture of Jesus and the sacrifice needed for atonement, but the sacrifice of lambs had to be repeated. The animal sacrifice was not enough.  

We need Jesus. It takes the blood of Jesus to pay the price for sin.  

Jesus is THE spotless lamb (John 1:29).  He lived and walked on this earth without sinning. He dealt with the same things that we deal with today, and yet, he did not stumble, not even once.  Jesus is our lamb. He took the sins of the world on his shoulders, bore our sin and shame. Matthew 27:46 says, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama Sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?’” God had forsaken His Son because Jesus was covered with the sin of the world, our sin. Jesus died, but that was not the end. He arose victorious from the grave three days later, conqueror over sin and death! Without the death of Jesus, there is no atonement, and there is no everlasting life with the Father. Jesus death is the bridge that crossed a great divide. Hallelujah!

Jon Speas
Worship Pastor