A Question I Was Asked:

Please can you Explain what the Death of Jesus Christ brings to Mankind, for You and for Me?

Good morning, please can you explain what the death of Jesus Christ brings to mankind, for you and for me.

UK Apologetics Reply:

Yes, certainly. Because Jesus was, and is, God in human form, then the value of His life, the life which He gave up voluntarily, was of greater value than every other human life, or all human lives put together. So this is because Jesus was - and is - God. It was forever in the plan of God that this would happen in order to undo the damage done in the Garden of Eden when the first human couple fell. Revelation 13:8.

Okay here are the points we need to understand; there is necessarily some 'dovetailing' between the various points.

1) To absorb the wrath of God which would otherwise fall on all mankind.

God's law, after all, demanded, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.' (Deuteronomy 6:5). Yet the truth is that we have all loved other things more. We dishonour God, becoming sinners, by preferring other things over him, and acting on those wrong choices. We have all done it, let none of us claim that we have not.

The Bible says , 'the wages of sin is death.' (Romans 6:23). So not to punish the sin would be unjust. Therefore God sent his own Son, Jesus, to divert sin's punishment from us to Himself. God 'loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation' ...'for our sins.' (1 John 4:10). Then God - in the full view of humanity - publicly endorsed Christ's accomplishment by raising Him from the dead, effectively proving the success of His suffering and death.

2) The curse of the law would otherwise condemn us.

So there was no escape from the curse of God's law. It was just; we were guilty. There was only one way to be free: someone must pay the penalty, yet an ordinary human life could never be sufficient. 'Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.' (Galatians 3:13).

So the law's demands have been fulfilled by Christ's perfect faith and obedience, its penalty fully paid by his death. This is why the Bible teaches that getting right with God is not based on law-keeping: 'A person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.' (Galatians 2:16). Our only hope is having the blood and righteousness of Christ credited to our account. This is what the blood of Christ does for us. If it were not for that, eternal death would come to the entire human race, yes, eternal death without remedy.

3) To reconcile us to God

The reconciliation that needs to happen between man and God goes in two directions: He takes our sin upon His shoulders and we take the righteousness of Christ which is - effectively - added to our account. So God's first act is in reconciling us to Himself by removing the obstacle which had separated us, the enormity and guilt of our sin. So God the Father took the steps which we could not take, in removing His own judgment, facilitated by sending Jesus to suffer in our place: 'While we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.' (Romans 5:10). Reconciliation from our side is in receiving what God has already accomplished through the cross, this is how we receive the priceless gift of Eternal Life.

4) To clearly demonstrate God's love for sinners

The measure of God's love is therefore shown by the degree of His sacrifice in saving us from the penalty of our sins: 'he gave his only Son.' (John 3:16). If one comtemplates the horrors of the crucifixion, one may begin to see something of the inestimable sacrifice which the Father made for us!

The measure of His love increases still more when we consider the degree of our unworthiness and uselessness. 'God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.' (Romans 5:8). Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay it.

5) To show Jesus' own love for us

To quote Paul, the death of Christ is also the supreme expression that he 'loved me and gave himself for me.' (Galatians 2:20). It is your sin and my sin that cuts us off from God. All that is left to us is to plead for mercy.

Christ suffered and died 'to give his life as a ransom for many.' (Matthew 20:28). And one must ask, am I among the "many"? And here is the answer, 'Whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.' (John 3:16). Jesus paid the highest price possible to give me - personally - the greatest gift possible.

6) To take away our condemnation

Okay, we have in a sense already covered this but we need to look more specifically at this point. The death and resurrection of Christ has accomplished this: 'There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.' (Romans 8:1). To be 'in Christ' means to be in relationship to him by faith, He becomes our older brother. Christ also becomes our punishment (which we don't now have to bear) and it is He Who is our worthiness before God (since we are saved by Christ's righteousness, not our own).

Therefore the death of Christ secures freedom from condemnation for those who believe that Christ has served their death sentence. 'We are saved by grace through faith' (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is just as sure that we cannot be condemned as it is that Christ died!

7) To give eternal life to all who believe on Him

Jesus made it plain that rejecting the eternal life he offered would finally result in the misery of of hell: 'Whoever does not believe is condemned already....the wrath of God remains on him.' (John 3:18, 36). This is not to say that all those who never learned about Christ in this present life are condemned, it is hardly their fault, yet the suggestion is strong that it is spiritually dangerous to know and understand the main message of the Gospel and to purposely reject it.

We need to understand that, for those who trust and embrace Christ right now, the best is yet to come. 'No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.' (1 Corinthians 2:9). We will see the all-satisfying glory of God. 'This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.' (John 17:3). Also read Revelation 21-22.

Robin A. Brace. February 1st, 2018.