The Real Reason Jesus Died For You
I used to believe that the primary purpose for Jesus coming to die for sinners was to qualify them to go to heaven to be with God when they die. Now, this is one of the many blessings we receive through our faith in Christ. And I look forward to experiencing heaven when I die!
But I’ve recently come to see something about Jesus’ earthly mission that heretofore I had not seen so clearly. Contrary to what most Christians believe, qualifying sinners to live in heaven was not the major reason Jesus came to earth. This may surprise you, but this is true.
Hebrews 10 tells us God was not pleased with the sacrifices of bulls and goats. And why? Because those sacrifices did not solve the problem of separation between the Most Holy God and sinful man, whom He loved so perfectly. And this was painful to a loving Heavenly Father who who longed to live within His people!
“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:1-4 NKJV)
Consequently, Jesus obtained a body prepared for Him, and came on a special mission of love. It was to do what the blood of bulls and goats failed to do. Jesus came to do the Father’s will. He would offer a sacrifice capable of making the worshippers perfect and pure, having no consciousness of sins. He came to reconcile God and sinners by taking away sin once for all. (Heb. 10:5ff). And He did.
On Friday, while still hanging on the cross He shouted, “It is finished.” Then on Sunday, when God raised Him up, God shouted, “Amen!” Sin, the thing that had required God to separate Himself from us, had been dealt with perfectly, once for all. The veil of the temple, which symbolized the period of separation between God and man was torn, and that sad period came to an end.
“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14 NASB)
Having sanctified and perfected believers for all time, Jesus accomplished the will of the Father finally. He successfully removed the sin barrier that kept God from fulfilling the longing of his heart–to love and live in us! He presented God with the greatest gift He could give His Father, the one thing God did not have, a sacred home within the hearts of men.
Now, because of Jesus’ finished work, Paul could write to believers, saying,
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple [the very sanctuary] of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 NLT)
Today, I realize the number one reason Jesus went to the cross was not to meet our needs, but to meet His Father’s need. It was not because our sins kept us from God, but because our sins kept Him from us. His greatest motivation was to meet the desire of His loving Father to love and live in us.
Child of God, while it is wonderful that you will go to heaven when you die, what is even more wonderful is that Jesus has qualified you to be the very sanctuary of God on earth. Heaven has come to you!
Now, live like it is so!