Why did Jesus die?

Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin. Hebrews 9:22 says, “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no remission” (meaning forgiveness of sin). The first picture we see of this is in Genesis 3:21 as God is dealing with Adam and Eve after they sinned. It says, “Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.” Animals had to be killed, the shedding of blood had to take place, to make tunics of skin to hide their nakedness (to hide or cover their sin). Later, Moses would write the law that God gave him, and it would contain several types of sacrifices. One would be for the sin of the people on the Day of Atonement. An unspotted or unblemished lamb would be slain, and its blood would be sprinkled on the altar as a symbol of covering the people’s sin. This would foreshadow the true Lamb of God, Jesus, and His perfect sacrifice for our sin. Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection would make it possible for all men to be reconciled to God through salvation; only those who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior are granted this salvation. “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

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