Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?

Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday.  Jesus was crucified because He was in conflict with the Jewish leaders and they wanted rid of Him.  But Christianity has always seen a deeper meaning to the death of Jesus.

Many Christians believe the deeper meaning is that Jesus died so we could get our sins forgiven.  This is what is known as the Atonement in Christianity.  The idea is that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin so we can get forgiveness for our sins.

However, this idea is completely unconnected to Jesus being killed because the Jewish leaders wanted rid of Him.  It’s like trying to fit together two completely separate and unconnected things.

But there’s another way to look at why Jesus died on the cross.  This way sees a deeper meaning to the death of Jesus that is connected to the Jewish leaders wanting rid of Him.  It is found by looking at the roots of the conflict between Jesus and the Jewish leaders, looking at what the Jewish leaders actually were and represent.

By doing this, we develop a completely different way of looking at the death of Jesus, one which pictures God as being for us, on our side, instead of foaming at the mouth wanting to punish us.

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