The death of Jesus is an event that has changed the course of human history. While some may view it as just another death, its significance goes beyond what we can comprehend. As a follower of Christ, understanding the importance of his death is crucial to our faith and here’s why.
Redemption through His Blood
The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). This means that we are all guilty before God and deserve punishment for our sins. However, when Jesus died on the cross, he made atonement for our sins through his blood.
Hebrews 9:22 states, “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Therefore, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paved a way for us to be reconciled with God and receive forgiveness.
Victory Over Sin and Death
Jesus’ death on the cross was not just about redemption but also about victory over sin and death. Through his death and resurrection, he conquered sin and death once and for all.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Therefore, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have been given eternal life in him. We no longer have to fear death because we know that we will spend eternity with him.
A New Identity in Christ
In addition to redemption and victory over sin and death, Jesus’ death also gave us a new identity in him. Through his sacrifice on the cross, we have been adopted into God’s family as sons and daughters.
Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”
Therefore, as followers of Christ, our identity is no longer based on our past sins or mistakes but on who we are in him. We have been made new and given a fresh start through his death and resurrection.
The death of Jesus is significant in our lives because it is through his sacrifice that we have been redeemed, given victory over sin and death, and a new identity in him. As we reflect on this event, let us be reminded of the great love that God has for us and strive to live our lives in a way that honors him.