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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions

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In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3

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An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2

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The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 1

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The Earliest Christian Reflection We have relatively little direct information about what the very first believers in Jesus thought about his death and its meaning. Acts of the Apostles gives us a small window into this period of time, but […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of Jesus of Nazareth, Part 7

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Summing Up As we have seen, Jesus not only predicted his death, but also spoke of it as being necessary (e.g. Mark 8:31). Why? Why did Jesus think he needed to die? Jesus provides several different answers to this question. […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of Jesus of Nazareth, Part 6

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The Blood of the New Covenant As the Last Supper draws to a close, Jesus refers to the cup of wine as “my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (Mark 14:24). This is an allusion to […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of Jesus of Nazareth, Part 5

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The Last Supper: Megalomania or Mission? In my last post I discussed Jesus’ statement that he came, as Son of Man, to give his life as “a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Here we begin to grasp Jesus’ sense of […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of Jesus of Nazareth, Part 4

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A Ransom for Many In my last post, I discussed the statement of Jesus: “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). I talked […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of Jesus of Nazareth, Part 3

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The Serving Son of Man In my last post in this series, I examined a passage from Mark 10 where James and John ask to be given places of honor and power in the kingdom of God. Jesus responds by […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2

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Drinking the Cup In Mark 10 Jesus not only speaks of his pending death, but also suggests reasons for this death. In verse 33 he says to his disciples, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Another Jewish Perspective . . . The Perspective of Jesus of Nazareth

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Setting Up the Problem According to the New Testament Gospels, Jesus fully expected that he would be tortured and killed. Yet he spoke of his death, not merely as something that would happen, but as something that must happen. So, […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? One Jewish Perspective, Part 6

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Summing Up One Jewish Perspective In the last five posts I’ve been examining “one” Jewish perspective on the necessity of Jesus’ death. Let me briefly summarize my findings, adding some observations along the way. 1. It’s more accurate to speak […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? One Jewish Perspective, Part 5

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Jewish Leaders Respond to Offenses Against the Temple In my last post, I suggested that one of the major causes of Jesus’ death was his “cleansing” of the temple. By interrupting the sacrificial system and by quoting Jeremiah’s own condemnation […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? One Jewish Perspective, Part 4

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The “Crime” of Jesus My last post in this series focused on the reasons why some Jewish leaders in Jerusalem believed that it was necessary for Jesus to die. The bottom line? He was a threat to their conception of […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? One Jewish Perspective, Part 3

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The Perspective of Jewish Leaders in Jerusalem Although the majority of Jews in Jerusalem may not have wanted Jesus to die, or may have had no opinion either way, some of the most influential Jews did see Jesus’ death as […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? One Jewish Perspective, Part 2

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Why “One” Jewish Perspective?As a young Christian, I had a clear picture of what happened to Jesus in the last week of his life. This picture resulted from my knowledge of the Gospels, and, to a great extent, from images […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? One Jewish Perspective, Part 1

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Placing This Conversation in Context Before I proceed to discuss one Jewish perspective on the necessity of Jesus’ death, I must say a bit about the contemporary context for this conversation. For centuries, many Christians hated Jews. Part of the […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Roman Perspective, Part 6

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If you would like to read this whole series up to this point in logical/chronological order, visit this link:Why Did Jesus Have to Die?Roman, Jewish, and Christian Perspectives In my last post I began to describe Pontius Pilate’s predicament on […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Roman Perspective, Part 5

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If you would like to read this whole series up to this point in logical/chronological order, visit this link:Why Did Jesus Have to Die?Roman, Jewish, and Christian Perspectives In my last two posts in this series on the death of […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Roman Perspective, Part 4

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As I explained in my last post, Pontius Pilate, the prefect of Judea during the time of Jesus, governed his territory from Caesarea, a city on the Mediterranean sea about 75 miles northwest of Jerusalem. Immediate authority over Jerusalem itself […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Roman Perspective, Part 3

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Introduction to Pontius Pilate If we’re going to understand the Roman perspective on the death of Jesus, we need to know something of the Roman man who was legally responsible for his crucifixion: Pontius Pilate. Traditionally, Pilate has been seen […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Roman Perspective, Part 2

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In my last post I began to examine the Roman practice of crucifixion, arguing that if we want to understand why a Roman governor had Jesus crucified, we should first understand why Rome used crucifixion in general. What we discovered […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Roman Perspective, Part 1

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The fact that Jesus was crucified rather than stoned, hanged, or killed in some other way means that the Romans were ultimately responsible for his death. Of course this is clear in the biblical gospels. But even if we lacked […]

Where Do We Start When Considering the Death of Jesus? Some Basic Facts

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Where should we start in our effort to discover why Jesus had to die? I propose to begin with some basic historical facts, facts that are affirmed by almost every historian and biblical scholar, even those who approach this question […]

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Introduction

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As we approach the season of Lent, and then Holy Week and Easter, I propose to consider the question: “Why did Jesus have to die?” At the outset, I must say that this isn’t an easy question to answer for […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand the necessity of Jesus’ death without taking them all

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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever,

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy jewelry to associate the cross with love. But, in the first

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (15:3). Yet this text doesn’t expl

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