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Why did Jesus died so early on the cross?
One needs to understand who Jesus Christ was/is, and why He came. God is 'just.' Justice is a nature of God, and cannot be changed. Therefore; the 'sins' of man had/have to be dealt with, even with God, if man is to be saved from the Old Testament laws of sin and death. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Rom.3:23). We first began learning about the significance of perfect 'sacrifice' through the history of Cain and Abel. Then in New Testament times: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16).
Mat.12:17-20 says that Jesus Christ fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias the prophet, of Old Testament times. (Isaiah 42:17-20).
Jesus Christ is God's own perfect sacrifice, the lamb of God, in atonement for our own sins, that we might be saved through Him, by the loving grace of God himself, through faith, and not of ourselves that we could boast. Faith in God produces fruit from the vine of Jesus Christ. Faith is an action verb. Faith that produces no works is dead. (See the book of James). It is obvious that we live and act upon that which we believe, (good or bad, right or wrong) and even though we are not saved by our good works, Christians are saved by what we believe. That is, God's Word.
In conclusion, what I am trying to show is that Jesus Christ is God's plan of salvation for the hope of man, and all aspects, including the timing of Jesus's crucifixion on the cross, is perfect. Would God have sacrificed an old man Jesus, or a child so young that he could not have completed his teaching and mission? --dc
Answered by DonColeCartoons on April 15, 2009
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