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Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

As a young girl, I went to Church.  I read my Bible and I loved God.  I prayed. I understood that Jesus was sacrificed for our sins but I didn’t really understand why he had to die.  I suppose I lead a sheltered life and at eight or nine years old could not fathom the depth of sin.

As a young adult, I came face to face with sin but still did not understand fully the meaning of sin or the significance of the Cross.

It is only when you come to know your Savior that you understand.  Until you know the purity of Jesus, the one that was without sin, does sin have its sting.  To know his mercy, kindness and love, reveals truly what sin is and how deep it in ingrained into our inner self.  And he died to atone for every sin, no matter how great or small.

I could never do it for myself.  We are already stained with sin.  There is nothing that we can do on our on, without Jesus, that can make us right with our Father.

Now, when I look at the Cross, I see Jesus on it, and I am humbled that the Father loved me enough to send someone so pure and Holy.    I am overwhelmed that Jesus honored the Father and died on that Cross for me.

And he did it just for me, and for you.


  • Mark 1:7-8 (The Living Bible) Paraphrased

“Someone is coming soon who is far greater than I am, so much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave.  I baptize you with water but he will baptize you with God’s Holy Spirit!”


  • Luke 1:68-71 (The Living Bible) Paraphrased

“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come to visit his people and has redeemed them.  He is sending us a Mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago– someone to save us from our enemies, from all who hate us.”


  • Jeremiah 23:5-6 (The Living Bible) Paraphrased

“For the time is coming, says the Lord, when I will place a righteous Branch upon King David’s throne.  He shall be a King who shall rule with wisdom and justice and cause righteousness to prevail everywhere throughout the earth.  And this is his name:  “The Lord Our Righteousness”.  At that time Judah will be saved and Israel will live in peace.”


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