Good Friday : Why did Lord Jesus Christ have to die ?
Most of us have heard that Jesus Christ died for our sins, but what does that really mean? Why was His death necessary? What part does Christ's sacrifice play in God's plan for mankind? How is Jesus Christ's death reflected in God's holy festivals?
Jesus' sacrifice is the pivotal event in God's plan to save humanity. Speaking of His certain death, Christ said He, referring to Himself as the Son of Man, must be "lifted up" (crucified) even as "Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness," so that "whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" ( John 3:14-16 )
We see here that Jesus' sacrifice, the central message of the Passover, was a supreme act of love for humanity. This important event laid the foundation for the remaining annual Holy Days and festivals. It is the most momentous step in God's plan.
Just before the Passover feast that would see His execution, Jesus said that "for this purpose I came to this hour... And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself" ( John 12 : 27,32 )
The day on which this profound event, the crucifixion, transpired was the 14th day of the first month of God's calendar, the same day on which the Passover lambs were to be killed ( Leviticus 23: 5 ). Paul later wrote the congregation at Corinth that "Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us" ( 1 Corinthians 5: 7 )