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We read throughout the Bible that God can do all things, that there is nothing out of His reach and that all is under His control. This leaves us with the Question: Why did Jesus have to die? Couldn’t God just forgive us? Surely, He could have made the decision to spare Jesus from the cross, right?
Let’s take a swift tour through the old testament. From the very beginning, people have been disobeying Gods will. When we look at Noah’s time we see that God wiped out everyone whom refused to obey Him. The world had a clean start but soon enough, people split off and abandoned God’s will again. When we look at the time Moses and Joshua lived we see that God wipes out entire kingdoms, thousands and thousands of cities whom have all turned their backs on God and choose not to serve Him. God even wiped out thousands of Israelites on many occasions even though they were the people who DID choose to serve Him, when they moved out of His will or they disobeyed His commandments, He would wipe them out. For the Israelites, there was also other ways they paid for their sin, by making offerings or receiving other ways of punishment.
So, this raises another question: If He is a God of love, then why kill so many people? Well, there is one very important thing we should remember first. God does not lie, ever, He IS who He says He is and He never changes. (Numbers 23:19). So clearly there must be an explanation as to why the God of love would kill so many people. You see we must understand that God never WANTED to kill them, there was always a reason and it was never just for fun. Keeping in mind that God IS who He says He is. Let’s look at the following verses:
Job 37:23 “The Almighty–we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness. Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds. Psalm 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth. Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. Isaiah 51:8 “For the moth will eat them like a garment, And the grub will eat them like wool But My righteousness will be forever, And My salvation to all generations.” Daniel 9:14 “Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
Revelation 15:3 And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! Psalm 96:13 Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness. Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me He will bring me out to the light, And I will see His righteousness.
These seem like a lot of verses but its really only a few of the verses that reflect on Gods righteousness. You see God loves us, He always have and always will but He IS a righteous God and always will be, which means, even though He never wanted to punish anyone or ever wanted anyone to lose their lives, He always did what was JUST even when it wasn’t pleasant, because He IS who He says He is. We can’t blame Him for having done what He did because none of it was ever unjustified.
This brings us to the crucifixion of Christ. Yes, God could have just forgiven us and Jesus would not have had to die but there would be no justice in that. That would not have been righteous according to His law and God IS who HE says He is, always and forever, so a price HAD to be paid. God loves us and He wants us to LIVE and to live in abundance. He has so much promises for us, so much good plans. He wants us to reach into all of His goodness, He will split the seas for us, He will move mountains, keep us save in the midst of the fire, destroy our giants, fight our every battle, provide in every need and do so more than we could ever imagine.
How could we ever doubt His love for us if He paid so very dearly to have us. The price had to be paid and because God loves us He took it upon Himself to settle our dept. 2 Corinthians 5:21: Â For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. The price had to be paid for righteousness and that price was Jesus. The King of Kings took YOUR place, not because God had to pay for our sins but because He wanted to, because He loves us. John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Think about this: The price paid for something is based on its value. You were not bought cheap, you were bought at the highest price. You are valuable to Him, not because of anything you can do but simply because He loves you that much and a greater love than this the world will never know (John 15:13). All YOU have to do today, is accept it.
Father how great is Your love for us that You would pay such a price. We could never deserve your grace and goodness but still you shower us in it. What have we left to do but praise You with every breath. Your love is unmeasurable, Your power unfathomable and your glory is forevermore. You are the King of all kings, worthy to be praised. Let Your will be done in me, Lord have Your way. In the precious name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Miryna van As