The crucifixion of Jesus on the cross is certainly a key event in the history of Christianity. This significant event was not just a spontaneous occurrence; it had been prophesied by the prophets of Israel, as detailed in the scriptures. Beyond the Bible, secular historical accounts too validate the crucifixion of Jesus. In those ancient times, the Roman Government wielded the cross as a means to mete out punishment to wrongdoers. This method of capital punishment was viewed with a mixture of dread and revulsion by the society of that age.
However, the deeper question that many often grapple with is the ‘why’ behind Jesus’s crucifixion. What was the profound reason for Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice? It’s of paramount importance that we each take a moment to understand this, for it holds great significance in our spiritual journey.
To go deeper about this subject we need to know Who Jesus was. If we read the Bible we can see that Jesus was the son of God and also He was God too. From his divinity he was God and from his humanity he was man. In Jesus God dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9). And Jesus performed many miracles and wonders.
Some of the Miracles of Jesus and Jesus Claimed To Be God
Throughout his earthly life, Jesus showcased numerous miracles. From healing the sick to calming storms, his acts were more than mere wonders; they were clear testimonies that he was God incarnate. His compassionate touch transformed countless lives. As we ponder upon his miracles, we can’t help but be in awe of the divine power he demonstrated.
The first miracle that Jesus did was at cana in Galilee where a wedding ceremony took place (John 2:1-11).
Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in-law while she was in bed due to fever.when Jesus came into Peter’s house , he found that his mother-in-law got fever. She was immediately healed the moment Jesus touched her by his hands (Mark 1:30-31).
Jesus also cured a man who suffered from leprosy. He asked Jesus to heal him and Jesus was compassionate upon him and he was cured by the mighty hand of God(Mark 1:40-45).
Once, while Jesus was with his disciples on a boat, a fearful storm arose suddenly which made his disciples frighten. but Jesus was sleeping at that moment and when he woke up , he calmed the storm (Matthew 8:23-27).
While Jesus was walking with his disciples , he met a man who was blind since his birth. It moved Jesus and he gave him the sight to see the wonderful creation of the Lord(John 9:1-38).
All these miracles and wonders express that he was not just a simple man. He was the image of invisible God (Colossians 1:15). The Bible also tells us that Jesus was the mediator between man and God.
Why Did Jesus Give His Life Intentionally
Given all his divine capabilities, a pressing question emerges in our hearts: If Jesus truly was God in human form, possessing the power to perform such miraculous deeds, why then did he allow himself to be crucified? Couldn’t he have prevented his own crucifixion? To grasp this profound mystery, we turn to the Bible, which elucidates that Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross was a deliberate act of unparalleled love, meant for humanity as a whole.
If it was not his own will then nobody would have ever crucified him on the cross. Jesus had known about the the incidents that he was about to be faced.
John expressed that Jesus was the lamb of God who was assigned to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
Embodying the very essence of love, Jesus willingly laid down his life so that we might experience eternal life. Echoing this promise, Jesus proclaimed that whoever believes in him shall transcend death. However, it’s essential to recognize our inherent nature: we are sinners, distant from God’s perfect holiness.
The Bible says we all committed sin and fall shorts of his glory (Romans 3:23).
No one can claim that he did not commit a single sin. Sin is the factor that makes us enemies of God.
The Bible says the wages of the sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life which can be gained by Jesus Christ(Romans 6:23).
From birth, sin casts its shadow upon us, setting our course towards spiritual estrangement. While God’s heart overflows with love for his children, sin remains abhorrent to him. Our commendable actions, no matter how noble, can’t bridge the chasm separating us from heaven. This inherent sin traces its roots back to the lapse of Adam. As the Bible somberly states, the consequences of sin are grave: death.
The Bible teaches us about two forms of death: physical and spiritual. While physical death is the cessation of life, spiritual death represents our separation from God, a chasm forged by sin. This sin prevents us from experiencing God’s pure and holy presence.
God’s innate holiness sets him apart from us, given our sinful nature. To truly be reconciled with Him, a perfect, sinless sacrifice is required. Our own deeds or sacrifices, however grand, fall short. Our redemption called for a sacrifice beyond human capacity: sinless blood.
It’s a profound truth that just as sin entered our world through one man’s error, redemption came through one man’s selfless act. This savior, often termed the ‘second Adam,’ is none other than Jesus, the one through whom salvation flows.
Now, some may wonder: Wasn’t Jesus human like the rest of us? How could he be sinless? It’s vital to understand that Jesus’s birth was miraculous, brought forth by the Holy Spirit. He himself affirmed his sinless nature, and numerous scriptures attest to his impeccable character and purity.
From the book of Isaiah we know that his birth was foretold (Isaiah 9:6). Matthew also records that his birth was from the womb of Mary and the spirit of God performed this miracle (Matthew 1:19-21).
So Jesus did not come from a man’s seed. He was unique in birth and that is why he was holy. Jesus knew his sufferings and death ahead and he also warned his disciples about this matter(Matthew 16:21).
A blind person cannot show the way to another blind man.Same way a sinner cannot give us salvation. To get salvation we need a person who is sinless.
Jesus said that he is the good shepherd and a good shepherd gives his life for his lambs (John 10:10-11).
Without Jesus’s selfless act of surrender on the cross, humanity would remain trapped in the clutches of sin. His crucifixion was an act of profound love, ensuring that we could be seen as righteous before God. It wasn’t an accident or afterthought; Jesus gave his life with profound purpose and intention.
Through Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice, the path to salvation is laid bare before us. All that’s required is our genuine belief and trust in him. In embracing Jesus, we are invited into an eternal realm, a kingdom where life never ceases.
Please share this message with friends and loved ones. In doing so, you might just be the beacon that guides someone closer to the warm embrace of Lord Jesus Christ.
Last Updated: October 23, 2023