You have heard it said "Jesus died for our sins." This is true. However, I do not know that the reason he died for our sins, rather, reasons, and what he saved us from, are stressed enough in churches across the globe. The intention of this entry is to show: 1) Why Jesus Died for our Sins 2) How we can accept his sacrifice and be saved.
This is a bit of a "behind the scenes" look at why Jesus died. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. On the sixth day (six literal days), God created Man. From Man, God created Woman. Adam and Eve, the first humans. God made a covenant with Man, that would be broken if they rebelled against God.
Simple enough, right? Lucifer, the Head Angel, Lead Musician and Overseer of the Heavenly Host, fell. He lied to Angels, telling them untrue things about God. Since the Angels had never before heard lies, they believed Lucifer. So when he had amassed an army of angels, Lucifer took to God's Throne Room. Lucifer, brother of Archangels Michael and Gabriel. would not serve Man. He was jealous that God loved Adam and Eve, and thought that he could become greater than God. So he attempted to seize the Great White Throne, and was cast out of The Third Heaven to the Earth.
When Lucifer was cast out, he was not restricted from the Throne. Satan could come and go to the Throne Room, but nowhere else in Heaven. 3 and 1/2 years into the Tribulation, he will finally be totally cut off from Heaven. (See Revelation 12:7-9) Lucifer was angry. He wanted revenge. So he went into the Garden of Eden, and he tempted Adam and Eve - in that moment, when they ate fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, they rebelled against God. They SINNED. The covenant was broken, and Lucifer took the Title Deeds to The Earth and the Souls of Men. (This is literal, not metaphorical)
Eternal Law stated that if a man of pure blood were to die for Humanity's Sins, they would be saved. Till then, the saved only went to Sheol. (See entry: Harrowing of Hell.) The point being, while God always truly had the claim, Lucifer now had the power over the Earth that he had wanted.
However. Genesis 6:1-4 tells of the Fallen Angels, who mated with human woman, and the woman bore hybrid children: Giants, or Nephilim. (See entry: Who were the Giants of the Bible?) When Lucifer [Satan] told his fallen angels to do this, all hope of a man of pure blood dying for our sins was lost. Even if there was a human of pure blood, there was no supernatural sacrifice that was known, there was no human who would be able to pay for the past, present, and future sins of humanity. Then, God sent his son, Jesus. Jesus died on the cross, as he had predicted several times before his death.
Jesus, on the cross, suffered all of our sins. That sin that you committed yesterday? He suffered through that. The sins that you will commit today, tomorrow, and until the day you are gone from the Earth, Jesus died for that. When he was being beaten, you can imagine that the face of every human being who has ever lived and ever will live flashed through his head. "I'm doing this for them."
When Jesus was on the cross, he cried out, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" Which means, "My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46) Many have said that this shows a lack of love for his Father, a lack of "faith." This is not so. Jesus said this because in that moment, according to what Jesus knew he had to do, God turned his face from Jesus, much to God's sadness.
In that moment, every sin of humanity, the sins leading up to that point in time, the sins being committed at that moment, and every sin until the last sin, was placed on Jesus. The sky went dark, many say it was as dark as it was before God had created the Universe.
Notice the scriptures say that Jesus "gave up his spirit." (Matthew 27:50) Jesus was not killed. He was not murdered. Yes, he was badly beaten, he was to the point of death. But that alone did not kill him, he gave up his soul on his free will. "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46) Jesus paid the fine.
Lucifer suffered a defeat. He handed over the covenant, as he is bound by Eternal Law, back to Heaven. He no longer has the title deeds to man's souls. Jesus does. Meaning what, exactly? Meaning, Jesus is the "key to heaven." He is the ONLY way to get to heaven, there is no other.
Many have said that Mary, Mother of Jesus, was divine. I tell you, Mary weeps in Heaven as she is worshiped, for she too knows that she is not holy. Those who worship false gods, other things than God, or have their own view of him [i.e. my God is not a judgmental God, my God is... etc.] are not only breaking the second commandment by conforming their own image of what God is like to them, they are disbelieving.
For example. I have had Catholics who have asked me, where does Jesus say he is the only way? I point out John 14:6, which says, "I am THE WAY the truth and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through me." That sounds clear enough. Jesus is THE WAY. NO ONE goes to Heaven to be with God EXCEPT by accepting Jesus as their savior, by accepting his sacrifice.
The pure-blood - when Jesus had given up his spirit, the Roman soldier pierced his side with a spear, to make sure he was dead. John 19:34 says, "Instead, one of the soldier's pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." Pure blood. Holy blood. With his blood, he paid our penalty. All we have to do is accept that, and not reject him.
Is there a Hell? Most assuredly I tell you, there is. Many places in the Bible speak of a literal, burning fire. They also point to the current location as the heart, or core, of the Earth. Since we have lava that flows on the surface of the Earth, Magma underground, it is quite easy to believe this. Is it necessary for our salvation? No.
From the day that Adam and Eve sinned and ate the apple, as tempted by Satan, King of Perdition, (Lucifer) Man had to make a sacrifice. A burnt offering. That very day, Jesus came down to the Garden and showed them how to offer a lamb, to pay for their sins. He told them to ask for forgiveness as well.
This was carried on for centuries afterwards. The Bible, several times, compares Jesus to a lamb. When Jesus died, he paid the blood sacrifice in FULL, so that we never again had to have burnt offerings. Jesus died for our sins to: 1) pay the penalty, so that none of us had to go to Hell 2) Restore the Covenant between God and Man, and 3) Open the Way to Heaven.
How can you be saved? Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that he is risen from the dead, you will be saved." When Jesus died, he replaced the Fall that occurred. Meaning, Romans 5:12. "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned."
Romans 5:19 continues, "For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man the many will be made righteous." In other words, through Adam, sin entered the world. Through Jesus, we can be made righteous. If we ignore God, and reject him and his sacrifice to protect us from Satan and Hell, that will be our destination the moment we die.
So I urge you, do not ignore the gift of God. It is not a costly gift - meaning, it does not cost money. It does cost anything at all. It merely costs repentance. God asks us to repent of our sins, to confess our sins to him, and ask for forgiveness. Does this mean, list every sin you have ever done? Of course not. But we must pray everyday for our sins to be forgiven, for even if we are saved, we will be chastised in Heaven, and can lose rewards.
How do you pray for your sins to be forgiven? Pray from the heart. For those who do not know how, pray something along the lines of, "Dear God, please forgive me for sinning against you. I confess my sins to you, and repent of my sins. Amen." Now, that is a simple prayer. But there are those who pray differently, but regardless, you still need to ask for forgiveness.
If you repent of your sins, and ask Jesus to become your savior and Lord of your life, you will be saved. The well known verse John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Verse 17 continues, "For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God."
I pray that this entry has been educational, understandable, and that you can take something away from this. If you are not saved, I would ask of you to read over other entries, and the Page, "Questions for the Non-Believer." Feel free to comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions - any at all. I would be delighted to answer. Thank You for taking the time to read, may God Bless You. Take Care. Troy Hillman