Why He Died
First of all it is necessary to understand why no one
else could do it. When Adam sinned it was in fact a sell out
to Satan. Adam may not have realized the full consequences
of what he did but nevertheless, he was disobedient to God.
Prior to this Satan (Lucifer, as he was known then) rebelled
in heaven and managed to gain the support of a third of the
Revelation 12:7-AV And there was war in heaven: Michael and
his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought
and his angels,
Revelation 12:3-AV And there appeared another wonder in
heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads
and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Revelation 12:4-AV And his tail drew the third part of the
stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the
dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be
delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Luke 10:18-AV And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as
lightning fall from heaven.
After seducing Eve and Adam to sin, Satan became the prince
of this world.
John 12:31-AV Now is the judgment of this world: now shall
the prince of this world be cast out.
John was talking about Satan being defeated by Jesus. But
what really happened here? Let us go back to the book of Job
where Satan is pictured as the prince of this world in a
Job 1:6-AV Now there was a day when the sons of God came to
present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also
Job 1:7-AV And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and
fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
There are two occasions such as this mentioned in Job. What
I believe happens is that God, from time to time calls a
conference of planetary leaders. Certainly the language
explains that Satan appeared there as the prince of earth.
God did not show him the door but permitted him to attend
the conference since it was his right, as owner of the earth
and mankind, to do so. He had been defeated in Heaven when
he mounted what we would call a military coup, and was cast
out, but had now gained a planet of his own to call home.
But how could we get it back? Why, by redemption of course.
The redemption process given to the Jews so that they would
understand the big picture, provided for a purchase
agreement to be drawn up when a man sold land or slaves.
This agreement would also include an agreed redemption price
and other conditions of sale like how long the new owner
would be able to remain (to get a crop off for instance)
after the redemption price was paid. Either the man who sold
the property could redeem it or a direct descendent such as
a son. If the 'tenant' refused to vacate the land or return
the slave, the redeemer could open the seals on the original
purchase agreement, and with the open document as his
authority, use whatever force was necessary to take back the
possession. There was a 50 year limit on any such sale to
safeguard family property put there by God for man's
However there is no such limit involving the big picture.
Now since the wages of sin is death, according to God, the
redemption of the earth required the blood sacrifice (death)
of a man, Adam or a descendent. This man of course, had to
be in the same moral condition as Adam was when the deal was
made. Are you starting to get the picture? Mankind could
never produce a redeemer! As a condition of Adam's fall,
every child born of man was born into legal slavery to Satan
Now God had a couple of options open to Him here. The easy
way was to let things run their course and when Satan had
demonstrated the utter haplessness of his position to the
watching universe, just zap the earth, Satan, mankind and
all. That of course would have meant that everyone who ever
lived on the planet would only have the time allotted to
them here as a life and not have a chance for eternal life
which was what was originally intended when we were created.
The other option was to somehow provide a way mankind, and
the earth, could be redeemed. And the only way to do this
was for God Himself, in the form of His Son, to take on
human flesh as a man and pay the redemption price for
mankind. It had to be the Son part of the Godhead that did
this because the Father had to remain aloof. In fact we are
told that this plan was made before the world began. God had
foreknowledge of what mankind would do and provided a
solution even before creating him.
We all know the story of how the Holy Spirit caused the
conception of the baby in the virgin Mary. Since he was not
conceived of man, but of God, He was able to be born without
the 'original sin' condition common to all mankind. Because
this redemption thing had to be done by a Man and not a God,
Jesus was totally unable to use any divine power while He
went through this process. He was also tempted severely by
Satan, who gave his personal attention to the task, because
not being stupid, he knew what was being done here. Jesus
could have sinned just as Adam did. Imagine what might have
resulted if that had happened!
Now because Satan had such an interest in getting Jesus to
sin, even to think an angry thought, he arranged for Him to
be killed by the cruellest and most horrible means ever
thought up by an evil mankind. Maybe he could get Jesus to
get angry with the soldiers who were torturing him. When
that didn't happen he arranged for one of the thieves to
tempt Jesus to use His divine power to come down off the
cross. He could have done that, but it would have meant
failing His mission.
It was known beforehand what method would be used to kill
Jesus because when the children of Israel were in the desert
at one time they were being bitten by a plague of poisonous
snakes. God gave instructions to make a brass serpent and
hang it on a cross. Any snake bitten Israeli who looked upon
the brass serpent on the cross was healed of the snake bite.
This was a prelude to when Jesus, (who took upon Himself the
sins of the world and was therefore pictured as a snake, a
symbol of sin), would be hoisted up on a cross and all who
look upon Him (believe in Him) will be healed of sin and
have everlasting life.
Jesus paid the redemption price for the earth and mankind
and as the result of this, we all now belong to Jesus, or
can if we choose to. In Revelation we are given a vision of
the Father holding up a scroll sealed with seven seals, and
calling for someone to take the scroll. Only one being could
come forward and take that scroll, and He is pictured both
as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and as a Lamb, slain. Our
redeemer, Jesus. He took the scroll out of the Father's hand
and proceeded to open the seals. We are given other visions
of history, prophecy when Revelation was written, as each
seal is opened. When the last seal is opened, there are
thunders, and lightening and great noise and Jesus comes
back to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to take
back his possession by force.
My study of prophecy and that of every other bible student I
have encountered, reveals that this time is almost upon us.
There is now quite an urgency to spread the Gospel message
of salvation while we are still able.
I pray that readers not already saved will do something
about it. And that those who are, will be taken with this
sense of urgency I and others now feel.
Borrowed from: Answers 2 Prayer