– Jide Lawal
The Necessity of His Death
1 Corinthians 15 (KJ2000)
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and in which you stand;
2 By which also you are saved…
Matthew 26 (KJ2000)
39 And [Jesus] went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will.
Acts 17 (KJ2000)
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3 Opening them up and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
4 And some of them believed…
To understand our redemption, we must understand why it was necessary.
A recurring curiosity in the Body of Christ today is the Christian who does not understand why Jesus needed to die. A lack of this understanding, especially among preachers, has led to a serious deviation of the messages they preach from the truth of the gospel.
Many times, to properly appraise and decide whether to accept a gift, we must understand why it is being given, and the implications of receiving it. For example, some ladies would probably accept a gift of $10,000 from a man, if they were sure the gift truly came with no strings attached, no conditions precedent or consequent. But the same ladies would think twice about accepting a $10,000 diamond ring, presented as an engagement ring. The purpose of the ring isn’t to help you along in the way $10,000 could help anyone. The purpose of the ring is to change your status in a way you may not have bargained for.
Some people are sick, or have sick children or relatives. Getting born again is presented to them as the first step towards receiving healing from God. Some are poor, and are taught that after you get born again, you will become financially prosperous. A few have been trying to conceive and have been told they need to get saved before God will bless them with children. Others are told that getting born again will break ancestral curses or lead to deliverance from demons.
The problem with these perspectives isn’t that God doesn’t heal or provide for us or bless us with children. The problem is that they mask the true purpose of the New Birth and present the death of Christ as an unnecessary event.
Before Christ died, God was in the business of healing the sick, making poor people rich and opening the wombs of the barren. God didn’t need Christ to die before He could continue to provide these and many more blessings for man.
In understanding the death and the resurrection of Christ, let us remember that God’s plans and purposes have always been eternal, while man’s preoccupations and priorities have always been temporal. He plans centuries and millenniums ahead; we can barely plan beyond the next couple of decades.
Next post, we’ll continue to consider the necessity of His death.
Continue in grace!