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Why Did Jesus Die? Man's Heart
The heart of all man's problems IS his heart. Our carnal nature keeps us sinning against God and man. Something needed to be done about it and it's something that only God could do.
Why Did Jesus Die? Man's Heart
The heart of all man’s problems IS his heart. So, what could God do about that? Well, He could have forced us to love and obey him ---but THAT would have negated the free will he gave us. And ----He could have condemned us to permanent separation from Himself – one that WE have actually chosen ourselves because of our sins – and then He could have just left us without any hope.
You might protest at this point that you are a good person and --- a law-abiding citizen. You’re raising your kids to be good members of society. You’re faithful to your wife, -AND ----you help your neighbors and work hard to make things better for your family and those around you. You might feel the same as many others. You ARE truly a good person and this sin stuff doesn’t apply to you.
It’s pretty rare today to hear anyone use the word “sin” which means “missing the mark” especially concerning God. You’ll hear folks say instead, “Boy I missed it that time.” Or “I really made a mistake.” Or, “I was unaware that my words would hurt that person so much.” But ME a sinner? No I don’t think so.
The truth is that you may be a good person by the estimation of your family and friends. But God sees something different in us because he sees right down to our heart – the deepest part of us.
Our first parents chose to walk independent from God and “do their own thing.” We have inherited that same independent nature from them. All of us are born with a carnal nature and therefore we just naturally sin. We know it too because God has given all of us a conscience which is our internal compass letting us know right from wrong. No sooner do you tell that lie than your feel a bell going off inside. No one else hears it but you do. But we ignore those bells and pretty soon they get fainter and fainter. We can justify everything we do until we look pretty good to ourselves and everyone else.
But God who sees our hearts has something pretty startling to say to all of us. He spoke these words through the prophet Jeremiah: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” Jeremiah 17:9
God COULD pretend that our sins and wicked deeds don’t matter – but they DO matter and we both know it. Through his prophet Ezekiel he tells us this”
The forgiveness of our sins is what Jesus’ blood was shed for. His shed blood on the cross enabled God to forgive us and remain a just God even though we were sinners and deserved death. God showed us the most incredible love ever shown. Each of us deserved to die for our pride, our self-righteousness, our lies, our sexual sins, our anger, and our lusts of every kind.
The Apostle Paul said it this way: “For God made Christ, who NEVER sinned, to be the offering for OUR sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 The Apostle Peter said it another way: “He HIMSELF – Jesus- bore OUR sins in His own body on the tree.” 1 Peter 2:24
Jesus was human and he stood in the place of our greatest need – to be right with God and at peace with Him. But Jesus was also God and as God the effect of what Jesus did for us is limitless. This explains why flawed men such as King David and Abraham could stand in the presence of God even though they knew nothing about Jesus. They were forgiven because Jesus was actually slain before the foundation of the world even though it was also an event in time. The shadow of the cross reaches backwards as well as forwards. It explains how God may be able to welcome people into his kingdom who seek for him but have no knowledge of Jesus because of their historical or religious circumstances.
The cross is the pledge of our total acceptance by God. But what exactly happened at the Cross that can affect you and I today?