In all of history, there is not one more redeeming, liberating, or costly sacrifice than the cross of Christ. For many of us, it has made a powerful difference in our lives, both now, and for all of eternity. Yet the reality is that it can be very difficult to reflect on all that Jesus was willing to suffer and endure on our behalf.
We may even find ourselves struggling through questions like these:
Why did Jesus have to die?
Was it really necessary?
How could a loving God allow this to happen?
The Bible is clear that God had a plan all along for us to live free. He made a way, and many prophecies clearly foretold all that would take place in Christ’s journey to the cross. God’s greatest desire was, and still is, to draw us to Himself, to be in relationship with us.
Of one thing we can be fully assured in life: God is loving. And He cares, so very deeply, about each and every one of us. Because of that, He knew there was only one way we could live totally free. When we begin to grasp that truth deep inside, it changes everything.
Without the pain and reality of the cross, without the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, without the power of the Resurrection and His final victory over sin and death, we would still be bound. We would still live defeated. We would still be groping in darkness. There was no other way for the door to be opened for us to have a relationship with God but by the forgiveness of our own sin through Christ’s payment on our behalf.
Why Jesus chose to die, and what the price of the cross means for us now:
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