Why did Jesus have to die so that our sins could be paid?

Question: “Why did Jesus have to pay for our sins – if God is so merciful and powerful, couldn’t He just pay for it with the snap of his fingers?” – Shea Duane

Pretext: In the religion of Islam this is actually how Allah forgives sinners – he just magically snaps his fingers and sin is gone. The religion requires works on behalf of the deceived to receive such grace from Allah however. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ satisfies the wrath of God towards sin and that He bestows saving grace upon us by faith in Christ alone. This concept is missing in man-made religion.

My answer…

Because God’s holiness and justice requires expiation and you are a sinner who is incapable of expiating your own sin debt. If you murdered someone and the jury found you guilty, when you go before the judge, do you think he will just dismiss you and let you go free? No. He will punish you severely.

Why would God dismiss your lifelong cosmic rebellion against Him on a whim when even our fallen human court systems wouldn’t do such a thing?

No. You will come to the cross and be cleansed of your sin guilt before God or you will bear the wrath of God in hell for eternity.

Add to that – God does as he willsit was His desire to ordain Christ from the foundation of the world to receive eternal glory as Savior of humanity. God magically snapping his fingers to forgive sin would be like God telling Jesus to take a back seat in His eternal plan.

When a lost sinner repents and is eternally bought by His precious shed blood that brings Christ eternal glory – so I’ll let you figure out why God ordained the death of Jesus Christ from the foundation of the world.

How can we save our souls?

Question: “How can we save our souls?” – anonymous

Pretext: Because of our fallen nature people have a sinful bias towards works-based systems of salvation… scripture warns us that our own righteous is no better than a “dirty rag”, that is to say, a menstrual cloth (that is the intended meaning of the text, I’m not trying to be gross). This is a very strong metaphor to describe our righteousness before God. We must despair of own righteousness and receive the one that is by faith in Jesus Christ…

My Answer…

First comprehend what you are being “saved” from – you are being “saved” from the penalty of sin, which spiritual death. Apart from your belief, God is the one who saves your soul once you believe the good news, which is simply the remission of sins through the shedding Jesus Christ’s blood. You are “saved” from the second death through his substitutionary atonement.