The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried— our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.

Isaiah 53:3-4

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Why did Jesus have to die?

Youth for Christ

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