I am struggling to find the answer for the following question. Why did God let His Son suffer and die? There has to be another way to save humanity than these atrocities committed on Jesus. I happen to believe in a kind, loving God.
Why did God the Father send God the Son, Jesus Christ, to die? That is the question that is answered in this article. But a greater question is why does a holy God care about men and women since we sin and disobey Him?
Christ Demonstrated His Love
Scripture tells us that Christ was sent because God loves us. That is the message of Romans 5:6-10.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 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. Romans 5:6-10 (NASB)
We are told that we could not help ourselves. We are ungodly. We are not good people. We are sinners and enemies of God. Consequently, we are going to hell and cannot help ourselves. Therefore, God sent Christ to die in our place so that we can have our sins forgiven and escape hell. Notice that at the end of Romans 5:10, we are told that “we shall be saved by His life.” The important word is “saved.” It means men and women can be saved from the consequences of their sins.
John 3:16 tells us the God loves us and that anyone who believes in Christ can escape hell and gain eternal life
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. John 3:16 (NSAB)
Why did Christ die for us? The answer is God loves us.
Christ Wanted To Die For Us
In John 10:17-18 we read that Christ said He chose to die for our sins. Yes, the Father sent Him, but He also voluntarily wanted to die to save us. He was God the Son who wanted to die for us.
For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father. John 10:17-18 (NASB)
Therefore, the answer to your question is that Christ obeyed the Father because He loved us and wanted to rescue us from the consequences of sin or disobedience. That is the act of a loving God.
Because God is holy and just, Christ came to earth and accomplished His mission when He physically died on the cross and returned to life. Now, that it is an unbelievably loving action for God to do. If a mother was to dash out in front of an automobile to rescue her son, we would say that the mother loved her son. We might say that she was kind. Well, Jesus Christ “dashed out” and died on a cross to rescue us from hell or the Lake of Fire. Now that is love and kindness. All that is left is for you and me to believe Him. We would encourage you to read the related links below. They will complete the discussion to your question.
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