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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Why did Jesus have to Die?

Why did Jesus have to die? How did he cleanse us from sin? The Bible refers to Jesus as the “unblemished lamb,” (Cf. 1 Peter 1:19) meaning he was pure and holy, made of pure love and charity. As a result, he had to suffer and die and thereby be a perpetual example of authentic love and forgiveness for all those who are to be saved. In his own person and by his own illustration, he became a living sacrifice, a living beacon of love that, by the power of his Spirit at work in the world for all ages to come after his ascension, he can also transform all those who believe in him into similar models of love, forgiveness and charity. He therefore reconciled us to God doing in his own person what the law could not do.

Why did he have to die the most brutal death possible? Because in that death he could forever show us the way to heaven – the way of forgiveness and the life of charity that unites us with the Father, who is love himself and through Christ makes us his adopted sons and daughters.

How did he cleanse us from sin? He reconciled us to God by putting a new heart within us, a new Spirit – sanctifying us with a Spirit of love, charity, mercy and forgiveness (Cf. Ezekiel 36:26). In the Old Testament, those who lived under the times of the law could not do that. But now he has reconciled us to God the Father by placing us under the law of mercy, for “Judgment is without mercy to those who have shown no mercy, yet mercy triumphs over judgment.”

Ultimately, Jesus died because as C. S. Lewis states in Mere Christianity, he had to pay our debt through his pure love and charity. That is to say that no one could pay but him the cost of the debt we human sinners had accrued - similar to when a judge sets the amount of a fine. The fine is to pay for the cost of the crime, the transgression committed. That is what Jesus did for us, he paid the debt, the cost, because otherwise none of us could have afforded it. The debt was beyond our capacity to pay.
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