50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

Jesus Came to Die - 50 Reasons Jesus Came to Die

“Why did Jesus have to die?”

That is a pretty popular question we hear these days whether it is from believers or non believers. It typically falls in line with some way of thinking that “if God is so powerful, then surely He wouldn’t have to sacrifice His son, right?”

What often gets missed in the midst of these question is an accurate reflection on just how sinful we are, and just how holy God is. For believers, there are times we forget our first love. For non believers, there is a misunderstanding of who Jesus is and what He has done. We are so sinful (me included) in fact, whether or not we are believers, we have a tendency to move on and forget about Jesus. Meaning, are we returning before the cross each day and reminding ourselves of the Gospel that saved us, and trusting it to lead us today?

I strongly encourage you whether or not you believe in Jesus, to read through these fifty reasons, slowly. Take time going through each one reflecting on what Jesus actually did for us on the cross. I pray as believers you would be freshly encouraged from this and give gratitude and praise to the Lord for what He has done. I pray for non believers that you would take the time to read this and consider the fact that either this really happened or it didn’t. There is no middle ground here. Jesus is either Lord and King, or a liar from what He proclaimed. Either way, you are making a decision each day to either believe in Him or not.

Again, read over these slowly and draw closer to Him reflecting on why Jesus died for us.

Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

  1. To Absorb the Wrath of God
  2. To Please His Heavenly Father
  3. To Learn Obedience and Be Perfected
  4. To Achieve His Own Resurrection from the Dead
  5. To Show the Wealth of God’s Love and Grace for Sinners
  6. To Show His Own Love for Us
  7. To Cancel the Legal Demands of the Law Against Us
  8. To Become a Ransom for Many
  9. For the Forgiveness of Our Sins
  10. To Provide the Basis for Our Justification
  11. To Complete the Obedience That Becomes Our Righteousness
  12. To Take Away Our Condemnation
  13. To Abolish Circumcision and All Rituals as the Basis of Salvation
  14. To Bring Us to Faith and Keep Us Faithful
  15. To Make Us Holy, Blameless, and Perfect
  16. To Give Us a Clear Conscience
  17. To Obtain for Us All Things That Are Good for Us
  18. To Heal Us from Moral and Physical Sickness
  19. To Give Eternal Life to All Who Believe on Him
  20. To Deliver Us from the Present Evil Age
  21. To Reconcile Us to God
  22. To Bring Us to God
  23. So That We Might Belong to Him
  24. To Give Us Confident Access to the Holiest Place
  25. To Become for Us the Place Where We Meet God
  26. To Bring the Old Testament Priesthood to an End and Become the Eternal High Priest
  27. To Become a Sympathetic and Helpful Priest
  28. To Free Us from the Futility of Our Ancestry
  29. To Free Us from the Slavery of Sin
  30. That We Might Die to Sin and Live to Righteousness
  31. So That We Would Die to the Law and Bear Fruit for God
  32. To Enable Us to Live for Christ and Not Ourselves
  33. To Make His Cross the Ground of All Our Boasting
  34. To Enable Us to Live by Faith in Him
  35. To Give Marriage Its Deepest Meaning
  36. To Create a People Passionate for Good Works
  37. To Call Us to Follow His Example of Lowliness and Costly Love
  38. To Create a Band of Crucified Followers
  39. To Free Us from Bondage to the Fear of Death
  40. So That We Would Be with Him Immediately After Death
  41. To Secure Our Resurrection from the Dead
  42. To Disarm the Rulers and Authorities
  43. To Unleash the Power of God in the Gospel
  44. To Destroy the Hostility Between Races
  45. To Ransom People from Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation
  46. To Gather All His Sheep from Around the World
  47. To Rescue Us from Final Judgment
  48. To Gain His Joy and Ours
  49. So That He Would Be Crowned with Glory and Honor
  50. To Show That the Worst Evil Is Meant by God for Good

Desiring God has made this eBook in eight languages free discussing these fifty reasons more in depth. You can download it here.

Question: Do you have a favorite reason out of these 50 you would like to share with us? Please do so by commenting below.


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Stephen Abbott
Stephen Abbott
7 years ago

The words of Jesus refute all the nonsense theology man has invented. Jesus taught nothing that the previous prophets said: repent, turn to God, do Righteousness, and live. Period. His death was clearly explained: “Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends IF you do as I command you.” (John 15:13-14) And his mission? Not to come and die, but “to preach” (Luke 17:21.) God through His prophets said he does not want blood sacrifices of any kind (Isaiah 1:11; Psalm 51:16) but our hearts to be pure and our… Read more »

Mike Mobley
Mike Mobley
Reply to  Stephen Abbott
7 years ago

Hey Stephen,

Thanks for sharing. From this post and many others on this site, I think you’ll see that we believe that we do have a responsibility when we believe in Jesus to turn away from our sins, follow Him, follow His teachings and obey to His commands. All because of what Jesus has done for us and because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19).

So I’m not entirely too sure to what you’re describing or who you’re describing, but hopefully our posts on here make the Gospel very obvious.

Thanks again for sharing!

7 years ago

Too fundamentalist! The God I experience and I know from experience and from reading the bible is not the God who is blood thirsty as presented in this blog.

Mike Mobley
Mike Mobley
Reply to  Wends
7 years ago

Hey Wends, sorry to hear that. If you were to read other posts here on BTC, I think you’d see just how great God is and how amazing it is that Jesus chose us first – https://beforethecross.com/biblical-teachings/we-didnt-choose-jesus-he-chose-us/

There are plenty of more posts as well that describe a God who is loving and personal. We’d like to invite you to read others if you’d like. Appreciate you sharing your opinion and reading.

8 years ago

That’s 4 or 5 reasons stated 10 ways. The point people make is if God is so divine, none of that was necessary. If it was, then God is indeed an incredibly vain and resentful being.

Mike Mobley
Mike Mobley
Reply to  Questions
8 years ago

Thank you for sharing. I would like to encourage you to read one of the Gospels in the Bible, maybe the book of John and start there, learning who Jesus is, why He even came, and what that means for us today.

Debating in a blog post forum would never get anyone anywhere and reading the Bible would be a million times better than any blog post or comment.

Appreciate you sharing.



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