The Trees Are Bearing Fruit Again Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate! God has done great things. Fear not, wild animals! The fields and meadows are greening up. The trees are bearing fruit again: a bumper crop of fig trees and vines! Children of Zion, celebrate! Be glad in your God. He’s giving you a teacher to train you how to live right— Teaching, like rain out of heaven, showers of words to refresh and nourish your soul, just as he used to do. And plenty of food for your body—silos full of grain, casks of wine and barrels of olive oil.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Youth for Christ
Your question is like asking, "why can't we fly with our arms?" or ''why can't we feed all the hungry of the world by thinking about them?" Because that's not the way things are.
God is God. And he says in the Bible that God’s plan demands that innocent blood be shed. In the Old Testament—Leviticus 17 is a good example—you'll read about lambs being killed to symbolically atone for Israel's sins and to foreshadow Jesus' atoning death.
Perhaps it would help to think of a kid who steals ten dollars from his dad's wallet, spends it, then confesses. His dad may forgive, but the ten dollars has to be paid back from some place. And the kid doesn't have the money, or the earning power, to pay back his debt.
That's the way we are. We have no assets sufficient to pay back the debt we owe to our heavenly Father. So He provided the payment and offers it to us freely.
God can do anything He wants. He could declare us free from sin and make it so. But the plan that He devised is two-part. One half of it depended on God (offering pardon through His Son, Jesus) and the other part depends on us (accepting the free gift of salvation).
There is a price to pay. But God has paid it for us, if we are willing to accept the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
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New You- Harold L. Myra