Posted by Elfriede Copple

These questions are being asked over and over again. How do we answer them? Is there a short answer to the first question? Like:

He died in our place, paying the price for our sins, to save us from eternal suffering in hell!

Is that the short answer?

It’s a true statement but most people would argue that they aren’t sinners, so it wouldn’t be of any help to them as an explanation. We need to cut to their heart, meaning they need to understand what a “sin/sinner” is! If they don’t understand that they have sinned than they don’t need the Savior either!

The Apostle Paul said: I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:7 NKJV)

The law made the Apostle Paul aware of the fact that he was a sinner and needed a Savior!

Let’s use the law in answering the question why Jesus died on the cross!

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7 NIV)

How many people use the Lord’s name in vain daily? They don’t even know what they are doing because everyone seems to be doing it! So what? – If they only knew!

“You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15 NIV)

Who hasn’t taken something that doesn’t belong to them? Even taking a paperclip from your office, or picking an apple from a tree that is hanging over the fence is “stealing”. Narrow minded? NO!

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16 NIV)

Lying has been made so acceptable in our society. It’s just a little white lie! Integrity is a rare find nowadays.

We are all guilty of breaking God’s commandments! No exceptions! And since we are all guilty we need a Savior because we cannot pay the price required to achieve “righteousness in the eyes of the Lord”.

So, the BAD NEWS is that we are all guilty and should be condemned to hell for eternity!

The GOOD NEWS is that if you seriously repent of your sins, turn away from them, ask God the Father for forgiveness for your wrong doings, and invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart, He will save you and give you the gift of eternal life!

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV)

David Dunlap, president of Cornerstone Magazine, wrote: “There are no special works required for God’s salvation. Faith in Christ is a response of the heart, not a work.”

However, YOU have to accept the free gift.

It will change your life!


What is your answer to the question “Why did Jesus die on the Cross?” Is there a short answer? Looking forward to your comment!

Author: Mike and Elfriede

For the past 15 years Michael Copple has studiously devoted his life to the Lord by preaching the Gospel and moderating Bible studies. He is a 1958 Eagle Scout, holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and achieved the highest US Air Force enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant with over 26 years service, one year of which was with Forward Air Control duties in Vietnam. For three years he was the senior enlisted member of the US Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team; he has performed over 2,000 parachute jumps and accumulated over 15 hours of freefall. During his parachuting years Mike experienced a mishap of being a “hung jumper” outside the aircraft, and serious parachute malfunctions like a deadly seesaw night jump entanglement with another jumper, and an 85 mph wind shear which almost took his life. This experience inspired and qualified him to author the novel Calling from the Sky. A former world-wide electronic service engineer for 16 years with a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, he and his wife Elfriede currently live in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by 6 National Parks. Besides studying God's Word, they both like to exercise, cross country ski, hike, garden, and walk their dog Kansas. Visit him at https://www.michaelcopple.com/


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