Do you understand how and why Christ’s death removes sin? Most people don’t. After this article, you may understand His sacrifice more clearly than ever before!
When Jesus began His ministry, John the baptizer said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Jesus, like the animals offered in the Old Testament, was an innocent, flawless sacrifice—only He died for the whole world, not for the Jews only.
Animal sacrifices alone could not remove sins. Their atoning power was possible because God planned to send His Son as the ultimate sacrifice. Christ’s death fulfilled, ended, and validated all animal sacrifices ever made.
Though Jesus was sinless, He suffered for our sins. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). His suffering was necessary for our forgiveness. We deserve death; He took the punishment we deserve.
Let’s summarize with a diagram:
The sinner pictured above is a non-Christian outside of Christ. He deserves death. Jesus, however, died in his place, suffering that punishment. This was the judicial death God required.
The sinner then dies, not literally, but representatively through Christ’s death. As a result, he is sanctified—made holy—and therefore united with a holy God!
In this process, God’s demonstrates His justice because death occurred as payment for sin. However, since He spared the sinner who should have died, God also demonstrated His love.
Praise be God for His infinite wisdom and matchless grace! “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33)
In my next article, we’ll learn more about the death God requires of every believer. If this article was helpful to you, please share it with someone you care about.