Many Christians have different views on why Christ had to die. For some, He died for their sins. But for others, He died to redeem them from their sins. Still, some believe He died as an atonement for the whole world and the resurrection of saints. Here, we will explore why Jesus doesn’t have to die for any of those but eternal life.
Not for forgiveness of sins
Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” .. But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”–then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”Matt 9:2,6
Jesus was able to forgive the sns of the paralytic and the woman in (Luke 7:47-48) without having to die on the cross.
Not to redeem people from sins
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.”Hos 13:14
Jesus never redeems us from sins but death. It is we who must cleanse the inside of our hearts, repent and turn away from sins.
Not as atonement for Gentiles
And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I [am] the LORD, that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done,” says the Lord GOD.’Ezek 16:62-63
Jesus Christ who came only for the lost sheep of Israel, did not die as an atonement for gentiles but for Israel according to the above prophecy.
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of JudahJer 31:31
Even the new covenant was not with gentiles but with Israel. Unlike the old covenant where gentiles were excldued, new covenant does not but have an open invitation. Jesus came as a light not as an atonement for gentiles.
Not for resurrection
When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD. … He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.2 Kgs 4:32,33-35
Jesus is not required for resurrection. God the Father can bring back the dead child alive through His prophets.
Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”John 11:43-44
Jesus did not have to die to bring back Lazarus or the little girl as in (Luke 8:53-55) from the dead. Further, Moses and Elijah were resurrected without the death of Jesus on the cross which we can read in the transfiguration event (Matt 17:2-3).
For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to [them,] even so the Son gives life to whom He will.John 5:21
Even Jesus clearly taught that the Father can give life without the need for the Son to die.
For Eternal Life
It is not wrong to say that Jesus died for our sins or came as an atonement but creating new doctrines out of it is wrong. For instance, Gentiles were never under the old covenant anytime for Jesus to come as a Passover Lamb for them. Jesus came as a light to the gentiles (Isa 49:6).
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.John 10:27-28
If we follow Jesus by denying ourselves and taking up our cross daily as in Luke 9:23, He will give us eternal life, and we will never perish. Jesus Christ had to die because God cursed man to death in the garden of Eden (Gen 2:17,3:19). The word of God who is God Himself became flesh (John 1:1-2,14), dwelt among us and took the curse of death upon himself. But Jesus is the way, truth and life (John 14:6) who defeated death. If we follow Him, He will dwell on us and provide a way to the Father from death to life (John 5:24).
I do not agree with you that the Gentiles were not under the Old Covenant. I say this because in the Exodus there was a “mixed multitude” per Ex 12:38. It further states in Ex 12:43-50 YAH clearly said to Moses what was required of a gentile aka foreigner in order to participate in the Passover. YAH instructs further into the chapter at Ex 12:43 “There shall be one law for the native (natural born Israelite) and for the stranger (aka gentile) who sojourns amount you.” YAH was already grafting the Gentiles into the olive branch/tree.
My understanding is that Yeshua (Jesus) had to die to absolve the curse of death. 1Co15:21
The Bible states that sin is defined, as the transgression of the law per 1Jo3:4, and …”the wages of sin is death”… per Ro 6:23a …”but the gift of God is eternal life THRU Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMachiach) our Lord” Ro 6:23b.
Isa 53 reveals as well the coming of the Messiah and what he would do thru his sacrifice.
Thank you for allowing me to submit a comment. I hope you have a blessed Passover.
The old covenant is for kingdom of Israel given by Moses to children of Israel. The promise of the old covenant only includes safe dwelling on the land of Israel. There is no record of anyone other than the children of Israel inheriting the promised land when the lots were cast in Joshua. Ex 12:43 is for Passover but only includes circumcised Gentiles. The law does promise perpetual slavery for gentiles (Lev 25:42-45) but not for children of Israel. Even if a gentile follows it, not one square foot of land can be inherited (Isa 56:6).
The new covenant is for the kingdom of God by Jesus Christ where all can be part of it. It’s promise is eternal life. The new covenant is much stricter than the old as we read in Matt 5.
Eternal life is not a gift as Paul lied. It can cost our entire wealth (Matt 13:44-46), all our relationships (Matt 10:37), our body parts (Mark 9:43-48) and even our own life (Mark 8:35). Following Christ will cost us everything.
So, you support the Christus Victor theory of atonement?
No. The ransom or payment is to God by God Himself (Isa 63:5). This is because, God’s word will never return to Him void and everything He spoke about curse of death in Eden will come to pass and no one can redeem mankind. But God wants to save mankind since they were innocent and does not know good or evil when they disobeyed but were deceived by the serpent. How can God save mankind from His own Word which curses them to death? Who can provide a ransom to God and save mankind from death? There is none on earth or on heaven above or anywhere who can provide anything in exchange that can nullify the spoken words of God. The Word of God cannot be reversed and it never returns to Him void but will accomplish. The only ransom that can nullify the Word of God to defeat death is the Word of God Himself. Hence, the very Word of God who is God Himself, became Flesh, took the curse on Himself and died on the cross like a normal man. But God Himself in Flesh is Life and was victorious over death itself. Now, we all have access to the Father through Jesus Christ who is our only way which He gave His own life as a ransom for us so that we can have eternal life.
– Christ’s victory is over death, not sin or devil.
– Christ was able to free people bound by Satan without having to die (Luke 13:16). He not only had authority but also gave it to His disciples (Luke 10:19-20).
– Christ always taught we need to be sinless to enter eternal life. His death did not liberate anyone from sin. If our hand causes us to sin, it is we who need to cut it off to be sinless.