Have you ever been asked the question, “why did Jesus have to die?” I know I have been asked this more than once, by believers and unbelievers alike. However complicated the answer can become, I would like to share with you today the truth that the Holy Spirit has placed on my heart. To successfully do this, I must start this message with a story about a millionaire. There was once a millionaire named Robert. He accumulated a substantial amount of money through his hard work, dedication, and honest business transactions over the forty years that he worked in the finance industry. Robert worked hard and always had a motto, which was “Look every person in the eyes before making a deal or transaction.” He wanted to be able to speak clearly with everyone he worked with and then afterward, Robert shook their hand personally. He did this for every business transaction that he did. Robert became known to be a wonderful man and he was trusted by all for his honest business. Over forty years, Robert became a multimillionaire and was loved by all because of his character.
However, Robert had two sons named Daniel and Ryan. His sons were not the most honest people but they tried their best to follow their father’s footsteps. Then one day, Robert became ill and his sons had to turn his home office to his hospice center. During their cleaning and moving of their father’s office furniture, they found his last will and testament. They opened the envelope and read it’s contents. The will informed them that their father was going to leave both of them his business, his money, and all of his properties. The two sons, excited to soon become millionaires took it right away to a local judge. The local judge perplexed with the two young men told them that they could not receive a dollar. They looked at him and told him why? The judge told them that the last will and testament is just a piece of paper until their father passed away. He informed them that the legal requirements to receive their inheritance must come after the death of their father. Until his death, there could not be any transactions made for them. There must a death for Daniel and Ryan to be made into millionaires.
No matter how morbid or crazy this story may seem to anyone reading it, it helps me explain to you why Jesus had to die for us. It is written, “For this reason, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. 18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness,” (Hebrews 9:15-22, NASB).
As you have read, a transaction between God and man is often called a covenant, and here in this piece of Scripture a testament, which is a “willing” deed of a person. This testament (transaction) bestowed a legacy to the people in it’s a description, and it can only take effect upon the death of the person willing to make it begin with. This is why Jesus had to die. He did not die only to obtain the blessing of salvation for anyone who comes to Him but to also give those who do the power to rid themselves of their sins because of it. Everyone in sin is born guilty before God. We surrendered all goodness because of this sin and the selfish motives that we lived in before knowing Christ. However, God willing to show His love and mercy on humanity proclaimed a new covenant of grace through His son Jesus Christ. Jesus makes us clean of our sins when He was upon the cross and shed His blood for us all. No one can be cleaner than those being covered in the blood of Christ. No religious duties or rituals, like those taught to us by the Old Testament, can fully take away our guilt and sin. They had to be put to death and this is something that we could never do. God knew this in all His wisdom and thus sent us His son to pay that price for us.
Like the judge speaking with Robert’s two sons, the last will and “testament” could not be acted on until his death, we could not have the forgiveness of our sins without the death of Jesus Christ. It was on this new covenant that we could find salvation and become heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. This happens when Jesus blots out the ugliness of our sins and exchanges them with His righteousness. He does this by having His Spirit living inside of each one of His brothers and sisters. He opened the door for us to receive our full inheritance and unlike the ungrateful sons of Robert who simply wanted his riches, Christians have the blessings to not only understand but respect the sacrifice that Jesus had for them personally. Then, share it with someone else to help guide them to find their inheritance. This being said, do not be an ungrateful heir that wants to keep all their father’s blessings to themselves. Be a grateful heir that shares the fullness of there Father’s blessings with the world, and that is the reason why Jesus had to die. Now, what will you do with this truth? Will you allow Him to continue to live through us or not? That my friends is up to you!