The Bible doesn’t portray the death of Jesus as natural or accidental but orchestrated. Jesus speaks as if He has an appointment with crucifixion.
As he works His way toward Jerusalem, Jesus speaks of his suffering with certainty. His death is not to inspire others as a martyr, but His death will give new life to others as a sacrifice. His is no ordinary death. The death of Jesus was different.
But have you ever wondered why did Jesus have to die? Why did Jesus see the way to fixing people’s problems and redeeming a broken world being inseparable from his suffering and death?
There are certainly less traumatic ways to fix the world. So why not choose something more conventional like protest, revolt, or reform?
We have heard plenty of ideas of how to fix the world. We have conservatives and liberals, capitalists and socialists, evangelicals and ex-vangelicals. In Jesus’ day, it was Pharisees and Sadducees, Zealots and Hellenists.
Then as now, each tribe firmly believes that they have the cure for our societal ills.
And I feel confident that given that Jesus rejected their overtures to join them then, that He would do so now. Instead, he points to only one solution, His death.
So we ask again. Why did Jesus have to die?
The answer is in a word used 16 times in the 16th chapter of Leviticus. It is the word atonement.
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A native of Ringgold, GA, Brian is a 1995 graduate of Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN. In 1995 he was also named recipient of the Lee Roberson...
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