Why should this man, Jesus Christ, die for me? This is a question asked by many of us. Well, we will need to go back to the beginning.
After God created us, He gave us the ability to choose. This is called “freewill”. God then gave man a command to “eat of everything in the garden except this 1 “tree”. (And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:16-17 KJV)
You would think that man would be satisfied with everything he was given, but no, he wanted the one thing he was forbidden to touch. Have you ever been told not to touch something and you just had the urge to touch it? The people in the garden ate of the fruit they were forbidden to eat and SIN was born. SIN is disobeying God’s command.
From that moment we all inherited SIN and was placed under its curse which is death!
Before Jesus came to earth, people sacrificed animals to try to pay for their sins. However, that was not good enough to put us right with God. It was therefore necessary for a perfect sacrifice to be offered. See John 1:29 – “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the the sin of the world”. Jesus chose to come to earth as a human-being to show us how to serve God. He then gave up His life as a ‘blood sacrifice’, in order to reconcile us to God. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…”(I Peter 3:18)
He is the ‘Just’, who died for us the ‘unjust’. He went to the cross as a ‘blood sacrifice’ and bore the punishment we deserved for our sins so that we can escape eternal separation from God and gain eternal life! That is how much he loves us! This is proof of true love. It was while we were His enemies Christ died for us. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the World, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life”.
In this Easter season, Jesus is asking you to come to Him and become a part of His family. He wants you to share in His inheritance as a child of the living God. He has gone to prepare a place for you and me, so that when He comes again, He will take us to live with Him.