QUESTION 6

 

WAS IT NECESSARY FOR JESUS HIMSELF TO DIE FOR OUR SINS AS OUR SUBSTITUTE? COULDN'T AN ANGEL DO IT?

 

 

Redemption is recreation. Since only God can create and give life, only God can redeem and restore life. God made man from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7); and resurrection is the same as creation, taking us back from the dust of the ground! (1 Corinthians 15:51-57).

According to the Bible, it was Jesus who spoke the worlds into existence. John declares about Jesus:

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3) 

Since Jesus shaped man in the Garden of Eden, He would be the One to restore man. Jesus said:

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11:25)

And another reason why only Jesus, and not an angel, could do the work of redemption is because of the holiness of the law of God. What is sin according to the Bible definition? John wrote:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4)

Sin is breaking God's law-the Ten Commandments. And what is the law all about? It is God's rules for holy living. It is the reflection of His character in words. Since God's law is as holy as God Himself, only God could redeem man from its penalty. Any other substitute cannot qualify. Therefore only one of the Persons of the Godhead could redeem the fallen race, and not any created being.

And since Jesus was the one who created man with His own hands, He would be the one to redeem man, with His outstretched hands on Calvary!

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