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How could a loving Father send His Son to die?

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8

A question I hear from people who question the Bible’s account of Jesus Christ and why nHe came is, 

Why would a loving father send his son to die for wicked people?

This is a reasonable question because, from our human perspective, it is unthinkable that a parent could do such a thing. 

It is clear, however, throughout the Bible, that God planned to redeem people from the sins that trapped them in darkness.

After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, God killed animals to make clothing to cover their bodies that they were now ashamed of.

Before Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, they were instructed to kill a lamb and paint the blood on the doorposts of their homes. The purpose was to protect those inside the house from the Angel of Death who was sent to take the firstborn sons of the Egyptians.

Moses was later instructed by God to offer sacrifices of bulls, goats, and sheep to take away the sins of Israel. It was a yearly ritual.

So, when Jesus was just entering His life of ministry, John the Baptist proclaimed,

“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

The Jewish people in Jesus’ time, if they understood what Jesus was saying, would have been dumbfounded. They knew lambs were a sacrifice for sin. They saw this played out every day in the temple. To think that Jesus was comparing Himself to a sacrifice for sin must have been hard to grasp. Yet His death was predicted over a thousand years before by the prophet Isaiah when he describes crucifixion and the suffering Messiah, or Savior (Isaiah 53).

Jesus referred to His coming death many times in the months, days, and weeks before that Passover night when He was betrayed. One account is in Matthew 20:17–19. He says, 

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”

Jesus knew His goal was to die. When His followers tried to resist the idea, He sternly warned them not to oppose God’s plan. He was meant to die, so He willingly laid down his life to accomplish God’s purposes.

For some people, this idea is preposterous. God sent His beloved son to die a horrifying death for people who hated Him? What father would do such a thing?

We applaud heroes

Well, it isn’t as uncommon as they make it seem. Heroes often risk their lives to save someone else from fires, floods, disasters, or wicked people. People who give their lives for the life of another are applauded and celebrated. It is painful for the family, but it is usually accepted as a valiant loss.

Moreover, throughout the history of the world, sons and daughters have been given to the armed forces of a country to protect the life, liberty, and safety of their people. At times these brave people are captured by the enemy and tortured to give up information, or just because they are hated by the enemy. We, as parents, hope this is not the fate of our children when they go off to military service, but the possibility exists, and we know that. It doesn’t make it less painful when it happens. It causes excruciating grief. Yet, we applaud the soldiers and their families as heroes. We live in a world rocked with the horror and sacrifice of war.

A spiritual battle rages for the souls of people

Perhaps the reason unbelievers struggle to understand a God who sacrifices His Son, is because they do not realize the danger humans are in. They do not realize we are caught behind enemy lines ourselves. They don’t realize that they are facing certain death unless they are rescued. That is the story of the Bible. Humans are in desperate need of rescue.

Jesus Himself taught that “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). He went even farther and said we should love our enemies. He showed his love for His enemies by dying for their sins.

It seems a strange thing to many, but this is what the Bible teaches from the beginning to the end. Jesus declared that this was the reason He came. Believing that Jesus died so we could have life is the fundamental belief of a Christian. Without Jesus’ death, we are still in our sins and separated from God. When we believe, we enter new life (Romans 5:25).

A verse that astounds me every time I read it is this:

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them…He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:19, 21).

God didn’t just send His Son to die, He was with Him, in Him, agonizing too, until the world could be brought back to Himself!

That is the Good News that Jesus came to proclaim and fulfill! The book of Hebrews in the New Testament says, 

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of bloodthere is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)

The most quoted verse in the Bible says, 

God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! (John 3:16–17)

This is the demonstration of His great love for all humans! We only need to respond to His love and open our hearts to Him!


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AuthorMaggie Carey | BCWorldview.org 

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