Today, we will look at why Jesus died on the Cross. He did it out of Compassion and Sacrifice, not only for us humans here on Earth but also for the glory of God in Heaven. The Bible tells us that Jesus clearly understood His mission and purpose when He came down from Heaven, knowing that only His death would Save humanity. We can learn much from this example of surrender and sacrifice, as well as from Jesus' own words spoken before He gave His life: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
We will look at five reasons why Jesus died on the Cross:
1. To demonstrate God’s Compassion and Love - John 3:16 tells us, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Compassion is an emotion arising from a desire to help someone suffering or in need (Merriam-Webster). Compassion was at the core of Jesus' mission, and it's why He ultimately died on the Cross; He loved us so much and wanted to Save us.
2. To pay for our Sins - Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin has consequences, and because of that, we need a Savior to save us from them. Therefore, Jesus willingly took the punishment for our sins so that we could be forgiven and have a relationship with God again.
3. To demonstrate God’s Justice - The Bible teaches us that “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just are both similar to an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 17:15). Justice is about making sure everyone is treated fairly, no matter what. By dying on The Cross, Jesus paid for our sins and demonstrated His Father's justice by giving each person an equal chance at redemption.
4. To provide us with The Way to Salvation - Jesus died on The Cross so that we could have access to Salvation and Eternal Life. He made it possible for us to be reconciled to God through His death and resurrection. We can now have direct access to the Father by accepting His gift of Salvation, which was unavailable before Jesus died on The Cross.
5. To demonstrate God’s Power - The Bible says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16). By dying on the Cross, Jesus showed us how powerful His love is; more potent than even death itself! This power gives us hope and assurance that if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He will be there with us through anything.
These are five reasons why Jesus died on the Cross; to demonstrate Compassion, Sacrifice, Justice, Salvation, and Power. So today, I challenge you to open your heart to Him and surrender your life completely to His will. As you do this, I would like you to pray The Sinner’s Prayer:
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I would appreciate your forgiveness. I repent of my sins and turn away from them. I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe He died on the Cross to pay for my sins and rose again from the dead. I believe that Jesus is alive today. I invite Him into my life as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus' Name, Amen.