There is a bit of confusion for some Christians about the death of Jesus. He died on the Cross because of the Sin of Adam. He died to save us from eternal damnation. He was crucified for our sake. But why did He have to die?
Yes, Eashoa sacrificed his life for humanity, but what was the meaning of it? Why did He do it?
Adam was fooled into desiring the ultimate knowledge of good and evil. The Tree of Life was the source of that knowledge. Adam wanted to become the arbiter of right and wrong, so he could decide who would live and who would die, and to become the master of his own fate.
That desire on Adam's part caused him to be ousted from Paradise and his position of innocence. He was cursed to live the life that the Serpent wanted him to live. Sin proliferated because Adam wanted to live life as he wished. Eve was willing to be his enabler. She saw that she could have a role to play in deciding Adam's destiny.
Once sin proliferated, sacrifice was required; not everyone was going to live according to their own wishes, something had to give. Taking matters into one's own hands meant that there would be mistakes; life and death, good and evil would require some hard choices. The knowledge of good and evil required wisdom and discipline, which were to be acquired the hard way.
The prophets called for the offering of sacrifice from the beginning of recorded history. Cain killed his brother on account of his jealousy: Abel's sacrifice was more acceptable to Allaha. The course of history changed forever because of that murder. It gave rise to a whole species of humanity that lived by killing.
The line of Abel would have come to an end, except for the fact that Adam and Eve gave birth to Seth and other children. This is the line of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. As the Son of Man, Eashoa Msheekha came from this line.
In this line also there were jealousies. Abraham and his brother Lot had to resolve a conflict, because their workers were fighting over the flocks. Abraham unselfishly asked his brother to choose which region to live in, and Lot chose the better lands where there was plentiful water and grass, and ironically that is where Sodom and Gomorrah were founded, and ended up being destroyed.
Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. Sarah asked Abraham to have a child with her maid Hagar. Ishmael was born. Then Sarah miraculously had a child with Abraham also when she was quite old. Isaac was born. There was jealousy.
Isaac and Rebecca had twins, Jacob and Esau. There was jealousy between the brothers. Jacob had to flee and later returned with his flocks and children and was afraid of Esau, because he had fooled his father over giving him the blessing first, which made him the heir.
These jealousies did not result in murders. These were the conflicts that were resolved. There was a difference. This was the line of Seth.
Eashoa Msheekha came to resolve the conflict between the two lines of humanity. He sacrificed his human life so as people should not have to kill each other. Eashoa allowed himself to become the sacrificial lamb that the prophets called for as offerings before Allaha. After Eashoa there was no more need of sacrificing animals as offerings for the forgiveness of sins.
The whole purpose of Eashoa sacrificing himself on behalf of sinners was so people would not have to kill each other over whose sacrifice was more acceptable, who deserved to live and who deserved to die. These are the sins of humanity.
Eashoa promised His followers eternal life, so that they would not make themselves the arbiters of who lives and who dies. This is why Eashoa gave His life to humanity and asked His Children to forgive each other. Eashoa's grace makes it possible for us to live in peace without killing each other. It puts an end to the taking of life and the murderous rage in killing anyone and anything.
Eashoa's sacrifice is about love. His sacrifice is not about dying. Eashoa's death on the Cross is not a celebration of death. Eashoa's sacrifice is about the forgiveness of sins. He died so we do not take revenge. He died to pay the price for those sins that make us worthy of death. If we forego the taking of revenge, He gives us eternal life.
This is why Eashoa sacrificed Himself.
Mar. 28, 2014 (updated Mar. 31, 2014)