By Billy Graham • February 18, 2009
If Jesus’ purpose had been to live as long as possible, or even to keep teaching and healing as long as possible – then you are right: He could have avoided death by staying away from those who wanted to do Him harm.
But the Bible tells us something that may be hard for us to understand at first: Jesus Christ came into the world to die. God sent Him into the world for one purpose – and that purpose could only be accomplished by His death. What was God’s purpose? It was that Jesus Christ, His only Son, would become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.
You see, only one thing separates us from God, and that is our sin. But we can’t erase our sins or do away with them on our own, no matter how hard we try. We need a Savior – and that Savior is Jesus. He was without sin – but on the cross, all of our sins were placed on Him, and He died in our place. He did for us what we could never do for ourselves: He took away our sins. Have you turned to Him and invited Him into your life?
Shortly before His arrest, Jesus said, “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour” (John 12:27). This is a profound truth: Because He loves us, Christ willingly died for you and me.
Pause right now and thank Him for giving His life for you – and then respond by giving your life to Him.