Why did Jesus have to Die
Written by: Louie Vetter on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
The simplest answer to this question is also the best one. To pay for our sins.
But, why do our sins need to be paid for? Do they carry such far-reaching consequences?
In society there are laws. There have to be, to protect the innocent and to ensure that everything runs smoothly, orderly, and efficiently. And if those laws are broken then there are consequences and a price has to be paid. Sometimes monetarily, sometimes with community work, sometimes with jail time and sometimes with life itself — as in the death penalty.
In God’s far reaching cosmic society it’s no different. He has laws for the universe, stars, galaxies, planets and he has laws for us.
So what happens when we break his divine laws? How do we pay? Well, since we can’t reconcile or ‘pay’ our offenses directly to God, our debts just keep adding up, driving us further and further away from God, reconciliation and salvation.
We think ”Why can’t God just wave his hand, sweep away our debt and say it’s all good, humans are only poor sinners, they don’t really mean to transgress?”
Well, that argument doesn’t work in our legal system and much less can it work in God’s. If we break God’s divine law there are going to be real and severe consequences, and somebody, somewhere is going to have to pay.
God’s laws are absolute and it’s impossible for them to be changed or amended in any way. The only way for our transgressions to be rectified with God is through God himself. To send His only begotten Son down to earth to be born as a human, to live as a human, (with human pains, needs and emotions), and to die as a human, but with one major difference; without a spot or a blemish, that is without sin. Only He who had never sinned was deemed worthy to take on the sins of the world, to carry them to Calvary and there pay for them — while nailed naked to the cross for all the world to see — with his suffering, pain, blood and finally, His life.
John 3:16 ”For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
So there we have it, all our sins and transgressions paid for, but only, and only, if we come to Jesus, believe in Him, and hand Him our bill that’s owing with all the divine laws we broke. Only then will he give us a receipt that’s signed with His own blood saying ‘Paid in Full.’
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Paul Wipf said:
On: 27th Apr, 2012 at 14:36
Louie Vetter; thanks for the reminder and Glory to God;
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. I Peter 2:24
Who was responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus. Did the religious leaders
kill him? The Romans? Was it our fault? Did our sins nail him to the cross? The
fact is, God did it. Isaiah 53:10 tells us, “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush
him and cause him to suffer….” The Father in heaven came up with the plan which
included the cross. And because of Jesus’ great love for His Father-and for you and
me-the Son obediently followed through on God’s plan. “…And the Lord has laid
on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
It is true, your sins-and mine-were laid on the shoulders of Jesus as He hung on
the cross, paying our debt, taking the punishment we deserve. Let the thought of
His suffering keep us from falling into “the sin which so easily entangles” (Hebrews
12:1). A terrible price had to be paid for each and every sin.
Thank You Jesus, May our life forever be a thank-offering as we love and obey you all the more!
buddy merges said:
On: 24th May, 2012 at 18:36
i knew a louie Vetter from long island NY,, baldwin to be specific
is this the sameperson
best in Christ
Louie Vetter said:
On: 25th May, 2012 at 04:35
Sorry Eugene, but not related to the Vetters of NY.
Never been in that part of the country.
Stuck happily in the prairies.
Best in Christ.
On: 30th May, 2012 at 00:40
A hearty “Amen” to the statement of Louie Vetter! I was curious about the Hutterian Brethren because of the promotion for the reality TV program about this group. There were many sites available for me to click unto but I chose to listen to the members who live in this community of believers. “Why did Jesus have to die” is exactly what my own faith believes. I am a member of a Assembly of God fellowship here in Missouri. I have always been interested in the Amish and Mennonites since I was born in PA. where we were exposed to the Amish culture from a distance. Thank you so much for having a site like this to better help outsiders to understand who you are; my brothers and sisters in Christ. G
On: 16th Jun, 2017 at 07:18
Thank you for sharing the Hutterite belief of why Jesus died and that “only, if we come to Jesus, believe in Him, and hand Him our bill that’s owing with all the divine laws we broke. Only then will he give us a receipt that’s signed with His own blood saying ‘Paid in Full.”
I too am a believer in Christ, but wasn’t sure if the message of the the gospel had been lost over time among your groups. Many churches have over time drifted from the truths of salvation.
Luke 24:46 “thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations…”