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Incredible Reasons Why Jesus Had To Die On The Cross

I’ve always wondered why Jesus had to die specifically on a cross. Couldn’t he have been stoned to death or died of an illness? Why did he have to be hoisted and nailed on a cross? Perhaps you may have the same question, in this brief article I share four reasons why Jesus’ death was at the cross and the implication thereof.

1. To Position Him As King Above All

To lay the foundation there is an important key attribute to note about Jesus: he is the only son of God and king in his father’s kingdom. A king is supreme and above all. Him dying on the cross was meant to destroy and dethrone him, however the opposite happened, aside from being a sacrifice for our sins, he was glorified, physically and spiritually.

When people die, they typically fall to the ground, however Jesus’ death was very peculiar, he died hoisted up, elevated and exalted at the cross above everyone. The fact that the cross was erected upon the mountain of Golgotha affirms that he was indeed supreme king even at his death.

2. To Signify That He Reigns Supreme

The aim was to publicly humiliate him, but his humiliation became an exaltation. Not only was he physically above everyone but he had the highest mentality. This is evident when he cries to God to forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. He knew that he was being glorified at the cross, yet the people thought he was being destroyed at the cross, what an astonishing kingly mindset! Forgiveness is an act of a high mindset, Jesus’ mindset was way above his persecutors’, it did not warrant him to retaliate because he knew his pain and crucifixion was fulfilling God’s divine purpose.

3. For Blood And Water To Flow Down On To Us

Jesus hoisted above on the crossed allowed for blood and water that gushed from his side to flow down to us who stood below him. His blood washes us from sin and his water bring us to a clear and guilt free conscience. This two elements, blood and water, allow us to have a relationship with God. Click here to find out the remarkable truth behind the blood of Jesus shed on the cross.

4. To Grant Us Access To Everything

He’s got the whole world in his hands”, was one of my favorite songs I used to sing during devotion time in primary school. The symbolic meaning behind Jesus hands nailed on the cross holds significant bearing in our lives. Jesus is the son and heir of God, meaning whatever God has, his entire creation and riches, belong to Jesus Christ as rightful heir of God. The bible in Psalm 24:1 reads, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” When Jesus’s hands were pierced, the intention was to destroy everything in his hands, all that the Father has bequeathed upon him as rightful heir.

As we’ve often observed, God’s uses dire events for the fulfillment of his will. Rather than seeing the holes as a destruction of what Jesus had, the holes in his hands allowed for everything that Jesus possesses to flow down to us. At the cross whatever Jesus had in his hands became ours. We received everything Jesus owns.

Jesus Nailed At The Cross

Romans 8:17 reads, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” We have an abundance of everything through Jesus’ piercings, 1 Corinthians 3:22 confirms this, “Everything belongs to you!”. Therefore, as co-heirs with Christ, what belongs to him belongs to us also.

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