The reason Jesus died on the cross - James C. Bell

The Bible tells us all about the life of Jesus. We see Him teaching the disciples and the

people things new to them, that they were amazed by and that were so good for them.

He performed many miracles that no one else could do: Bringing people back to life -- the most familiar story was that of His friend, Lazarus (John, chapter 11,) -- the curing of all kinds of sickness, and diseases; feeding the masses -- 5,000 men, women and children, with a boy's small lunch -- causing the blind to see and the lame to walk; casting out demons from the minds of many.

All who truly believed in Him loved Him very much. They did not want Him to die or suffer as He did, and they did not understand why He had to die. In John 12:34, we see: "The crowd spoke up; we have heard from the Law that the Christ will remain forever. So how can you say, 'The Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?'"

I know all Christians love Jesus, and we suffer with Him as we remember the terrible treatment, the beatings and words hurled at Him as they punished Him on the way to the cross. We remember how He was cruelly nailed to the cross and left there to die and suffer the ridicule and hatred of the Jews.

This must have hurt Him deeply. But what was the reason Jesus had to die on the cross? For the answer, let us look at the Book of Truth, our Holy Bible: John 12:23-28 and 32, says: "Jesus replied, the hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, my servant will also be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? No! It was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your Name!"

In verse 32, we find: "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." Jesus' prayer was not for deliverance (from death), but for the Father to be Glorified.

Billy Graham said: "The main reason Jesus died on the cross was to save us from our sins. But the New Testament also stresses the importance of His sufferings as an example for us. Christ is our example and we look to Him as our teacher, and by His suffering, He gave us an example to follow, so we can learn how suffering is to be borne."

In comparison with Jesus, we have little to suffer, but we must learn from Him to look beyond our present suffering to our future glory in Heaven with Him.

Yes, the main reason Jesus died on the cross was to save the lost souls of this world -- those who have not decided to believe in Him and follow His example in their lives. Do you want to live the best, most satisfying life possible while in this world? If so, you must decide to accept Jesus as your Savior. Just admit your sins and ask for forgiveness in Jesus' name. I pray you will!