The passage today, very appropriately is the record of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, Luke 23:26-49.
Before Jesus was born and angel told Joseph that he was to name the baby in Mary’s womb, “Jesus”, because he was going to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
Jesus secured our salvation because of God’s love and justice. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
In Romans 3:25 we see God’s justice is affirmed when Paul writes that Jesus was put forward (by God) as a “propitiation” – that is, a sacrifice that bears God’s wrath, so that God will be able to look favourably upon us’ Paul, says this was done “to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins” and “so that He might be just” (Romans 3:23-26). In other words, the sins God “passed over” or didn’t punish before Christ came to earth, had to be punished somehow if God was to be “just”.
Therefore, someone had to take the punishment for those sins. Because of God’s great love, that someone was Jesus. In Jesus’ death we find a full expression of God’s justice (sin is punished) and faithful love (God gave His own Son to bear the punishment). Praise God…how great is that?
WAS JESUS DYING NECESSARY?
It was not necessary that God should save any one at all, yet He did choose to save some. But Jesus chose to follow the will of God and He was “obedient unto death”. After Jesus rose from the dead, he asked the rhetorical question, “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:26). The answer of course is “Yes, it was necessary”. Jesus knew there was no other way for God to save us other than for him to die in our place. Jesus had to suffer and die for our sins. The other means of dealing with sins, like the sacrifices offered for sins in the Old Testament had no lasting value – “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4). The perfect way of dealing with sin was by Jesus, “by means of His own blood”, securing “an eternal redemption” (Hebrew 9:12), thereby putting away sin “by sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26)
WHAT THE DEATH OF JESUS DID FOR US,
Christ lived a perfect, sinless life and died a horrific, sinner’s death, in order to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). He paid the penalty we deserved to pay for our sin. He bore the wrath we deserved to bear. He overcame the separation that our sin caused between God and us. He freed us from the bondage caused by sin. Because of Christ’s work on our behalf, God can “deliver us from the domain of darkness and transfer us to the kingdom of his Son (Colossians 1:13)
What a great salvation that Good Friday delivered to us,
Praise God and have a great day,