Question:I have just recently started reading the Bible and
trying to understand it. Even though I hear it time and time again,
I still do not understand what it truly means that "Jesus died
for all our sins."
Bible Answer: "Jesus died for all our
sins," "Was buried," and "was raised on the third
day" are the cornerstone truths of being a Christian. Jesus died
in order to save us. Then He returned to life to prove that He was sinless
and that He was God.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I
also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
and that He was buried and that He was raised on the third day according
to the Scriptures . . . (NASB) 1 Cor. 15:3-4
Jesus Died. When scripture says that Jesus died, it
means that His physical body died but not His spirit. Three days after
His physical death, Jesus' body returned to life. His spirit never stopped
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just
for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to
death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit . . . (NASB) 1 Peter
God did not die. In fact, the real person of any human being is not
the outside or physical appearance that we call the flesh. Our real self
is our spirit which exists on the inside. This means that Jesus' physical
body was killed on the cross. The heart of His physical body stopped
and the mind stopped functioning. But the real Jesus - His spirit - continued
to live. His spirit was still alive. All of us will live forever. Our
bodies will get old and stop functioning but our spirit will always live
forever. The only question left is, "Where
will we live after we die?"
Our bodies will return to life someday
at the resurrection. But Jesus' body was resurrected within three days
to prove that He was sinless and that He was God.
Died For Our Sins. When Jesus died, He died for a reason.
His death was not an accident. He came to this earth in order to forgive our sins. He had to die
in order to do this. He came because Adam and Eve had disobeyed God.
Sin is disobeying God. God had warned our parents - Adam and Eve -
that disobeying Him would bring death. They would die both physically and spiritually. Spiritual
death is eternal separation from God - not destruction of the spirit. We understand physical death.
When Adam and Eve sinned they caused their children to become sinners. They died both physically
For as through the one man's disobedience the many were
made sinners . . . (NASB) Romans 5:19
In order to rescue us from the penalty of our sin, a sinless individual
had to die for us. Someone who did not deserve to physically die had
to choose to die for us. Jesus did that for us.
. . . so Christ also, having been offered once to bear
the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference
to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. (NASB) Hebrews 9:28
Conclusion:When Jesus died He earned the right
to "rescue" or "save"
individuals. He was sinless. He did not deserve to die. It was His choice. Now
He can forgive the sins of anyone who wants his/her sins forgiven. It is our personal
choice and He has left that decision to each of us.
For God so loved the
world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall
not perish, but have eternal life. (NASB) John 3:16
He will forgive all of our sins forever.
. . . but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT
THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE
A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. For by one offering He has perfected for all time
those who are sanctified. (NASB) Hebrews 10:12-14