Jesus Died the Death We Deserve to Die
The Christian belief, which derives from the Bible, is that we have escaped from everlasting ruin to enjoy everlasting rest. All the sins we’ve committed have been removed from us. Christians do not fear standing before God on that Day.
A new spiritual birth has taken place. A new mind and heart have been miraculously transplanted. Adoption has been sealed.
To the world, this talk is nonsense. It’s just crazy. All that can be seen and heard by the world is what’s in front of them. There’s no ability to look past the surface into the spiritual realm because they are unable to (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:14).
To us who are being saved, however, the gospel is the power of God. The good news of salvation brings hope, restoration, joy, and comfort better than anything else.
Obviously, Christianity is hopeful in a citizenship that is not of this world, but in heaven. We believe our heavenly citizenship is given through faith in the person Jesus Christ.
The question worth discussing here is how we can escape ruin to enjoy everlasting rest.
No blood = No forgiveness.
Did you know that God will not forgive a sin without shedding blood for it? That’s right—God requires blood. His justice will not allow sweeping our faults under a rug. He can’t simply look the other way. There is a payment due for each sin, and it requires bloodshed.
“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22).
Furthermore, animal sacrifices have never been enough—”For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4).
The blood of the Perfect Christ, however, is pure enough—”For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14; cf. Heb. 7:27; 9:11-14; 10:11-13).
Frankly, without a bloody sacrifice, we will not be forgiven by God for our sins. As harsh, brutal, and violent as this is, it’s the gospel. Imagining our bloody Savior hanging on a cross is gory, but the fuller picture is glory.
By grace, we don’t have to die.
We deserve to go through what Christ went through. Since Jesus went through it for us, we don’t have to! This is the good news.
By the grace of God, we have been released from our sentence. The debt has been paid in-full, and we are free through Christ!
Jesus died the death we deserve to die because that is what God’s justice requires. Without Christ’s bloodshed, our sins would kill us, but his death has brought us life.
Apart from faith in Jesus, however, his death is not applied to us. His blood payment is only given to those who believe that Jesus is the Savior of all people.
The counsel of Scripture demands faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. To believe there is another way (including your own) to be forgiven for sins, is a sin, in and of itself.
Only for those who place their faith in Christ will there be forgiveness and everlasting life with God.
It can be a difficult thing to process what Christ has done for us, but it had to happen. He had to die. Blood had to be spilt because that is what we have caused.
Though it’s a dark picture, it shows us God’s incredible love for us—what he is willing to do for us.
Hearing this news should change us from the inside out! I’m sharing this word with you because it is my life—my identity. It’s what fuels my day. I hope it will fuel yours too.
The death that we deserve to go through for our sins is the very death God experienced so that we wouldn’t have to. We are blessed to be children of such a merciful God. Hallowed be thy name.