Why Did Jesus Die?

What does the death of Christ actually accomplish?

How is it that Jesus the Lamb of God really does take away the sin of the world? Jesus as the Passover lamb creates for humanity a new Exodus. The Pharaoh of death and evil has been destroyed. Satan in all his attempts to chain humanity and separate us from God has been destroyed. Paul writes in Colossians 2:15: “He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.”(Message)

I dare say that all humanity has crossed over into new life. I suspect that like the Israelites some will stay disobedient to Christ and even deny him. But Jesus has by his death removed any enmity with God. The wall of separation has been taken down so that now we can enjoy intimate friendship with our God.

See, when you forgive someone a part of you has to die and so Christ’ in forgiving the sins of the world has died fully for all of us in order as Paul writes in 2Cor. 5:19 “ that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them”. Jesus through his final encounter with death exhausts the power of evil from stopping the movement of the Kingdom of God. Not even the gates of hell can prevent its progress. That’s Good News.

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