“As Moses lifted up the bronze serpent on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him may not die, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its Savior” (John 3:14-17)
Jesus was born to die!
The physical death (and Resurrection) of Jesus on the cross is the central message by which ALL true Christianity is based on. Without Jesus’ physical death on the cross, there is no Christianity, there is no eternal salvation, and there is no heaven to look forward to.
Ever since Adam and Even sinned in the Garden of Eden and handed over their authority over the earth to Satan, God instituted His design to return man back to a righteous and perfect standing with Him. He did this by the shedding of “innocent” Blood.
The first shedding was of an innocent animal killed by God to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness and their alienation toward Him caused by their first sin. The second shedding was instituted by the Israelites by their annual sacrifice of an innocent lamb to cover up there yearly sins.
These were only temporary coverings, never intended to appease God forever.
The final shedding was of an innocent man, Jesus, who once and for all time, took the penalty of ALL our sins (past and present) with Him to the cross so that those who put their faith in Him may live. Every sin we would ever commit were nailed to the cross with Jesus!
“I have been crucified with Christ on the cross, so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)
In exchange for our sins, Jesus gave us His righteousness.
That God the Father would be willing to allow His one and only begotten Son to come down upon this earth in the flesh to go through such a bloody, horrible, and barbaric death in order to get all of us saved is really beyond anything that any human words can ever attempt to try and describe.
Additional References: Mattew 27: 35, Luke 23:44, 1 Peter 2:24
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