You’d think the almighty God could have figured out a better plan of salvation.
Something less bloody. Something that didn’t involve his Son on a slab.
To be quite frank, God isn’t famous for explaining himself. Suffering Job would testify to that. God essentially told Job there are some things that physics-bound humans can’t understand about the spiritual dimension. In those cases, God expects people to trust him.
Perhaps that’s the case with Jesus’ death. Yet the Bible does offer a few clues about possible reasons.
SIN IS A CAPITAL OFFENSE.
If has been from the beginning. God told Adam that if he broke the one and only law-eating forbidden fruit-“you are sure to die” (Genesis 2:17). The apostle Paul added, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
It’s as though God can’t tolerate sin any more than matter can tolerate anti-matter. We’re not going to find them in the same vicinity.
LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD.
God said as much when he set up the system of animal sacrifices. “The life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. If is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible” (Leviticus 17:11).
JESUS’ DEATH FULFILLED THE DEATH PENALTY REQUIREMENT FOR EVERYONE.
“Our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. . . . .When sins have been forgive, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices” (Hebrews 10:12, 18).
JESUS’ DEATH SET THE STAGE FOR THE RESURRECTION.
It was the Resurrection that finally convinced Jesus’ disciples that he was God’s Son. They were convinced enough that most of them died as martyrs. After seeing Jesus risen from the dead, and hearing him promise the same future for them, they died expecting that “everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).