Why Was Jesus Crucified?

Why Jesus Was Crucified On The Cross?

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Why Was Jesus Crucified?

There are three reasons why Jesus was crucified. The first reason is that crucifixion was the capital punishment Rome prescribed to those found guilty of treason; their slow, gruesome deaths in public helped deter potential future rebels.

The second reason why Jesus was crucified is that Rome forbade the Jews from carrying out capital punishment. Had that not been the case, the Jews themselves would have stoned Jesus instead of dragging Him to the Romans and falsely accusing Him of treason against Rome.

The third and the main reason why Jesus was crucified is that Jesus engineered it, as He had to. To understand this, please pay careful attention to the explanation below.

To start, do you know which very famous American once said this?

"I have spent the best years of my life giving people the lighter pleasures, helping them have a good time, and all I get is abuse, the existence of a hunted man."

It was Al Capone. We know him as a criminal, but he thought he was a pretty good person.

Our standard of morality is higher than Al Capone's but God's standard is much higher still. In fact, the Bible says that God's standard of morality is absolute perfection and defines sin as anything that falls short of it, including such seemingly innocuous things like jealousy (Exodus 20:17), lust (Matthew 5:27-28) or being angry without reason (Matthew 5:21-22). The Bible adds that everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23) and that the punishment mandated for sin is the death penalty (Romans 6:23). That's the bad news.

The 'Gospel,' which means, 'Good News,' is that God loved us too much to wipe us out. But neither could God, who is just, simply let our sins slip by, since that wouldn't have served justice. So what did He do? He came and took our death penalty upon himself.

If that's tricky to understand, imagine that you commit and are found guilty of a crime which carries the mandatory death penalty. You rise at your sentencing, and sure enough, the judge sentences you to death, and slams down his gavel to confirm it.

Just as you start to panic, something strange happens. The judge rises from his seat, walks down to where you are, takes off the judge's robe, and declares to you:

"Because I am a good judge, I had to apply the death penalty as required by the law. But I am also your father, and I love you. Therefore, I will take upon myself the death penalty that you deserve, and grant you freedom."

That's why the good judge engineered His own death on the cross of Calvary / Golgotha, and added, "Just truly believe that I did this because I love you, and you will be with me in heaven for eternity" - i.e., "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Some people may tell you that you still need to contribute to your salvation by doing this and that, but that's like telling a death row inmate that good conduct will reverse his death penalty. It's nonsense.

However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't do good deeds. But the reason for doing them is important. We should do good deeds out of sincere gratitude for the salvation Christ granted us. If we do good deeds thinking that those good deeds save us, we reject Christ' salvation. It isn't what we do for ourselves but our belief in what God already has done for us out of love.

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