Why did Jesus have to die for our sins? Because of the Holiness of God. Death is God’s ultimate condemnation of sin; His pronouncement that sin cannot be allowed to continue. This is made self-evident by the fact that the individual who has died ceases to sin. But God did not create man to exist but for a fleeting moment, only to fade from memory upon death. No, He desires for us to live forever; to be with Him for all eternity. Yet if our Lord had not willingly sacrificed himself, the resurrection of man would have been rendered impossible because then the penalty for sin would not have been fully paid. A sacrifice that costs little or nothing cannot truly be regarded as a sacrifice. If an individual’s death was only temporary, and all men were to be eventually resurrected with no other sacrifice required, God would be merely winking at sin. Death would be a token punishment — like giving a time-out to a murderer. The fact that God’s only begotten Son had to die illustrates how seriously God condemns sin, and highlights His holy character.
By virtue of his sinless life, Jesus was without guilt. Consider the offering he made by his willingness to die. To offer means to present for acceptance or rejection. When he offered himself unblemished to God and died upon the cross, our Lord was requesting that all guilt for sin be transferred onto himself, and petitioning that God would accept his death on our behalf as full payment for sin. His sacrifice was and is the only perfect offering that exists; the only one God could accept — all others would, of necessity, be rejected. If it were not so, the judgement against sin would be incomplete, imperfect and inconsistent with God’s character. When He resurrected His Son, the Father showed that Jesus’s sacrifice was pleasing and acceptable to Him. Because of this, men and women everywhere can have complete confidence that the way to eternal life now stands open for all who desire to be a part of God’s family.
Let all God’s children praise His Wisdom and Holiness; comprehend the full magnitude of what our Messiah did for us; and give thanks to the Father and His Son forever and ever!