Jesus Christ died on the cross because He chose to. He chose to obey the will of the Father to take our place on that cross and to take our sin, our shame, and our guilt and place it upon Himself. Only Jesus Christ could do that because He was the Savior prophesied in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14-16, Isaiah 53). Only Jesus Christ could die for man’s sins because He was the unblemished lamb that could be sacrificially offered for the forgiveness of sin. None of us fit that requirement because none of us is good or sinless (Romans 3:10-18).
When Jesus died on the cross, it was a voluntary submission. It was a willful obedience to the Father. Jesus Christ chose to give up His life for you and me and for the whole humankind. Jesus said,
“Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father.”– John 10:17-18 (WEB)
He willingly suffered the greatest shame and pain. He willingly died even when the Father’s will was such a painful burden to Jesus Christ that He prayed to the Father that if the Father is willing take the cup from Him (Luke 22:42-44 ). His sweat fell like great great drops of blood falling on the ground (Luke 22:44). It was an agony for Jesus Christ for He was both God and human and He could feel what a human heart and flesh could feel. Yet, through these all, Jesus Christ did not give up but He obeyed the will of the Father.
“Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!’ Having said this, he breathed his last.”– Luke 23:46 (WEB)
“Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”– Philippians 2:5-11 (WEB)
Jesus Christ is God but He humbled Himself and became a servant to die on the cross for our sins. He died on the cross not when we were repentant and we were good. He died on the cross when we were sinners.
“For while we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a good person someone would even dare to die. But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”– Romans 5:6-8 (WEB)
Isn’t this true love? Isn’t this perfect love? No one can die for a sinner. Only Jesus Christ did. His death on the cross was meant to deliver us from sin so that all who comes to Jesus Christ in faith and follow Him shall have eternal life.
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only born Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”– John 3:14-16 (WEB)
Jesus Christ loves you with true, perfect, and eternal love. The plan of the Father for us is to have an abundant life together with Him and we could not do that when we are in sin. Sin breaks our relationship with God. It creates a gap. Only Jesus Chirst could bridge that gap. He is the perfect lamb that was sacrificed and His shedding of the blood cleansed us from sins once and for all.
Eternal life is found in Jesus Christ alone (John 3:16, Romans 6:23). We have no more need to do sacrifices (Hebrews 10) by our human standards and tradition to please God and be forgiven of sins. We need to come to God in humility and surrender and put our faith to Jesus Christ deliberately and intentionally.
If you have already accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I pray you will continue to walk steadfastly by faith in Him and that God’s Spirit shall kindle a fire in your heart and soul to do His will obediently.
If you have not yet known Christ as Lord and as Savior, I invite you and encourage you to respond to His perfect love on the cross by giving your life to Jesus Christ today. To give your life to Jesus Christ means, you consciously come to Him in faith and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and He truly died on the cross and carried your sins to free you from the guilt of sins. When you accept Him as Savior, He also becomes your Lord. He becomes the Master of your life and He shall lead you to the righteous and blessed path.
“But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name.”– John 1:12 (WEB)
“The law came in that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly, that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”– Romans 5:20-21 (WEB)
If you decide to accept Jesus Christ in your life, pray this prayer with me.
Father, I come to you in full surrender and submission. I thank you for your love demonstrated through your Son Jesus Christ. Today, I place my faith and my life to Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus died for me on the cross and He rose again and is alive for eternity. So, I confess that I am a sinner and I need forgiveness. Forgive me Lord for all the sins I have committed and cleanse me from all sins. I give my life to you Lord, Jesus, my past, my present, and my future. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and lead me Lord that I may walk obediently in your will. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
“… that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”– Romans 10:9 (WEB)