If sin is the problem and Jesus is the answer, why was it necessary for Him to die on a cross? To modern city dwellers this seems to be some type of primitive barbarism. Couldn’t this have been taken care of a different way?
That is a mute question. Who is to say how God could have done things? Maybe someday we can ask Him.
Take a look at the last part of the verse. It tells us that there can be no forgiveness for sin without blood being shed. Why would this be? Look at this verse from the Old Testament:
(Leviticus 17:11 KJV) For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.This is some incredibly accurate scientific knowledge for a supposedly primitive culture. If there is any one thing that is necessary for animal life it is the blood. It transports food, removes waste and provides defenses against disease. All this without a microscope. It is forbidden as a food. In communion it is raised to the sacred.
If sin is evil, then it deserves the ultimate punishment. God cannot overlook the pollution of sin. It must be cleansed. It is a law of the universe. Newton said it in his laws of thermodynamics. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” What is true in physics is true in theology, after all the same God laid down both.
This is where Jesus gets into the picture. Sin must be paid for by the shedding of blood. In the Old Testament a temporary system was set up in the sacrifice of animals. Jesus became the perfect Lamb. He became the perfect sacrifice. His blood was enough to pay for the sins of the world. The bad news is that sin demands death. The good news is that Jesus met the demand.
Now the ball is in your court.
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