And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people. Matthew 26:1-5
When the prophet Isaiah described the Messiah, he called him “The Suffering Servant” (Isaiah 53) When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him he said “Behold The Lamb of God , who will take away the sin of the world “ ( John 1:29) Christ came to die for our sins, this is what Jesus explained to his apostles, over and over again. As Jesus said “The Son of Man is betrayed and to be crucified”
It’s important to understand that Jesus willingly came to lay down his life for us, as Jesus said “ No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:18) Jesus wasn’t defeated at the cross, Jesus defeated sin, death, and Satan at the cross!
Think about the love God demonstrated for us , that Christ willingly laid down his life because Christ loves us (Romans 5:8) This is the power of the gospel, this is why Jesus is the good news to the world, because without Christ going to the cross, we are spiritually dead in our sins and are headed to eternal Hell. It’s only because of the loving action of Christ, that we can inherit eternal life, without Christ there is absolutely no hope for humanity
Why did Jesus have to die? Well first because we are all sinners, we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and The wages or penalty of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23) Therefore because Jesus Christ is God in human flesh (John 1:14, Isaiah 9:6) Christ is the only one who can be the atonement for our sin, Christ is the only One who can bear the penalty of our sin for us. He who knew no sin, became our sin, so we can become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
When Jesus told the apostles he was going to die for them, Peter responded “Lord this shall not happen to You” and Jesus responded “Get behind me Satan” (Matthew 16:22-23) Why? Because the only way for our salvation is through Christ going to the cross for us! Amen!