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Why Jesus died?

Ok, this is a big, big topic, I just want to offer a very simple angle, definitely not the whole story or the only reason, but a logical one for me.

If Jesus was a man as stated in Philippians 2:7-8 (something that I doubt anyone will disagree with) and he was “tempted in every way, just as we are” (Hebrews 2:18) “yet he did not sin”, then can we all agree that he was not deserving of death [if “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)].

If Jesus were to be left in this state – being tempted as a man, just like we are, yet never giving in to that temptation, he would be undeserving of death, therefore remain alive, but still be tempted because he was human.

Doesn’t that seem like a more cruel and callous thing for God to do than to allow other humans to kill him?

Once he was raised into his new body, temptation was no longer a problem as he was changed (the clearest evidence of that change was the ability to pass through locked doors – John 20:26) but before the death and resurrection, he was still susceptible to temptation.

Perhaps part of the reason Jesus died was to save him from a live of perpetual torment at being constantly tempted and having to constantly resist that temptation.

Just a thought!

 

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The Wages of Sin

 

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Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This passage perturbed me this week.  It’s a passage I have in the past just accepted without thinking about at all in a “Yeah, sin leads to death, tell me something I don’t know”… kind of way.

However, I started wondering why.  Why does sin, any sin at all, not just the ‘big ones’ lead to death.  Have I ever done something that was really worthy of death?  As far as human laws are concerned (and I would presume and hope that God is more forgiving and gracious than humans), the worst I’ve done has landed me with a fixed penalty notice and 3 points on my driver’s license.  If even men wouldn’t put me to death for that, why would God?  That seems a bit harsh don’t you think?

So I thought and thought some more and here’s what I came up with.

Sin, literally understood holds the concept of ‘missing the mark’ like in archery or in clay pigeon shooting, hence Romans 3:23.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

In essence, the issue is whether or not we have lived up to God’s glory, and whether or not we have lived up to our full potential as people that bear God’s image.

If we do, we are ‘sinless’, if we do not, we have ‘sinned’.

I don’t imagine there is anyone who has never felt that sinking feeling of having messed up, or feeling bad, having hurt someone, or feeling disappointed with themselves for not achieving what they knew they could have done.  That’s the bit when you feel ‘sin’, that’s the bit when it bites and that’s also the bit where ‘sin’ effectively carries its own punishment.

God doesn’t need to punish us for our ‘sins’, they always blow back in our faces and carry their own consequences, their own ‘punishments’.

That’s all very well, but it doesn’t answer the question as to why missing that potential, not attaining to that Glory of God requires me to die!!

Here’s how I’ve grown to understand it.

Most of us would be very happy if everyone else in the world acted exactly as commanded / suggested / recommended (depending on your viewpoint) in the bible.  If the rest of the world was unselfish and kind and generous and didn’t bear grudges, was patient and not boastful or envious, we’d all be happy especially if we could still have that bit of selfishness, greed, anger, malice, envy or whatever other vice we might have.

The trouble is that God is aiming at a restored and renewed world that is eventually made perfect again.  If one person is left in the ‘old mould’ then it will spoil it for everybody else. So, to be fair, if we don’t live up to the glory of God, if we miss the mark or sin, everybody gets the same end result – death.  Then at the end of time, “the dead will be raised. We will all be changed, so that we will never die again”  {With some caveats that we won’t go into here!}. (1 Corinthians 15:52).

The only other option is that we get miraculously changed during our present lives by God at some time of his choosing, into sinless, eternal people and if that was a gradual, ongoing process, I imagine it would be pretty confusing for everyone (think Highlander)!

Does that make any sense at all?

 

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