Why did God send Jesus to die for us when He said, “Do not kill?”
God did not command us not to kill. He commanded us to not murder. We would encourage you to read a previous question titled, “How do you explain the command ‘You shall not kill’ versus Exodus 22:18?” The question will explain that God commanded us not to murder. The word “kill” which is found in the King James Version (KJV) Bible is the old English. When the KJV Bible was written in 1611, the word “kill” referred to murder. The old English word “kill” has been replaced by “murder” today, and “slay” has been replaced by “kill.”
God tells us that the soul that sins shall die. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness for sin.
And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (NASB) Heb. 9:22
God planned that Jesus’ sacrificial death would be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. As a result of His death, the Old Testament sacrifices for sin stopped. The sacrifices were at best imperfect sacrifices which had to be repeated over and over. Jesus willingly died for us one and all. Although the Jewish leaders murdered Jesus in their hearts and the Romans actually killed Him, God planned for Him to die for you and for me (Matthew 20:28; John 10:11; John 15:13; Acts 2:22-24). He did this because He loved us. Jesus’ death satisfied God’s holiness and justice.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (NASB) Rom. 5:8-10
So when God sent Jesus to die for us, there was no issue. Yets, the Jewish religious leaders had hatred in their hearts, but Pontius Pilate did not. In reference to the definitions given above, we could say that the religious leaders murdered Jesus but Pilate killed Jesus.
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