The Importance of Jesus’s Death on the Cross
Posted September 18, 2012on:
There are many reasons why Christ’s death on the cross is important. First, Jesus’ dying on the cross is the only way we are able to establish a relationship with God the Father. If Jesus’ death and resurrection did not happen, we would not be able to have this relationship with God the Father because our sin separates us from God until we receive salvation through Christ. Salvation is not possible without Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus made this possible by taking upon our sins with Him on the cross and dying for us.
Secondly, by Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and then being raised from the dead, we are given the opportunity to have a place in His kingdom. Jesus clearly explains that the only ones who will enter into heaven are those who believe and accept Him as the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 3:16, 14:6). The most important decision you will ever make is to accept Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
Jesus’ death is not like any other person’s death. The Bible tells us that Jesus came to the earth to destroy the works of the devil. In 1 John 3:8 it tells us, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
It’s important to know that it was the devil who brought death to this earth, not God. It was God’s plan for us to live eternally with Him from the beginning. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, and their disobedience to God, not only did a spiritual death come to us, but the physical death of dying came about as well.
The significance of Jesus dying on the cross was in fact God’s way of showing the devil who is still “in charge”. Christ’s death freed us from the chains of sin and death on this earth. Christ’s death shows Satan that just because our physical bodies may die, we do not have to die spiritually but can have an eternal life with Him in heaven. Christ’s death on the cross showed that Jesus has the authority over death, not Satan. By believing in Christ as our Savior and believing He died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead, we are able to have salvation through grace in faith in Jesus Christ. It enables us to be able to go to heaven when we die. It enables us to have a relationship with God the Father.
Thirdly, if Jesus didn’t die on the cross we would not be able to have the Holy Spirit indwell in us. The Holy Spirit comes into our hearts after we are saved (also known as “born-again). This is a gift from Jesus after His death. Christ told us about this in the book of John 14:16 that He will send an “advocate” in His place for us. The Holy Spirit is also our “comforter” and gives us strength and courage in such a wicked world we live in. A regular human’s death cannot achieve all this. They cannot give us their spirit. Only Jesus could do this.
And finally, Christ’s resurrection gives us the assurance we will also receive perfectly resurrected bodies after our death and will be given these bodies when we go live in His kingdom, which will be a new heaven and a new earth. Essentially that is what Jesus is talking about when He says “His Kingdom”. His kingdom consists of us believers living on a new earth “where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). Some say it will look like the Garden of Eden and we will be able to live amongst Jesus and other believers. How wonderful this sounds!
Jesus was in fact a great spiritual leader, but he is so much more. He is our Savior, He is the Son of God, He is our friend, He loves us more than our minds can comprehend. He is the only way for us to have are relationship with God and the only way for us to receive His Holy Spirit by believing through faith. Salvation is an undeserved favor of grace from God. As Scripture says, Jesus is the Way, the Truth and Life, no one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6).