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Wordwise Insight, Issue #132
August 14, 2015


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Was Jesus' death and shed blood necessary for sin to be forgiven?

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Jesus Blood

QUESTION: Why did Jesus come to earth? Is it to cleanse our sins? But Jesus forgave many people before his death (Luke 7:48). Is the death of Jesus, and shedding of His blood necessary to cleanse the sins of anyone?

ANSWER: Those are important questions. First, you ask why the Lord Jesus came to this earth. There are a number of reasons. Here are several of them.

1) For one thing, as perfect Man, He gave human beings a pattern to follow. When He lived among us a sinless life, the Lord Jesus was able to show us the perfect example of goodness, love, righteousness, and so on (Acts 10:38; Heb. 4:15; I Pet. 2:21-22).

2) As God the Son, the second Person of the Trinity, He gave us a revelation of God. The Bible says, “In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9). In Him people saw “the glory of God the Father” (Jn. 1:14).

The Jewish leaders were right when they said, “Who can forgive sins but God alone” (Lk. 5:21). By the occasions when the Lord forgave sins (as you point out that He did), He was showing His deity and divine authority. But He still had to die to provide the final answer, as we'll see.

3) He also came to fulfil promises made to Israel, long before. Promises concerning their coming Messiah-King (Isa. 9:6-7; Lk. 1:31-33). In this role He was rejected the first time. But He’s coming back again to set up His kingdom, and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14; 19:16).

4) Most importantly for us, today, He came to pay our debt of sin. So many Scriptures say this that it’s impossible to miss. The Lord Himself told us He came “to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).

In His saving work, He fulfilled a promise made ...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on Jesus Blood.)


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