Why Did Christ Die Vicariously For Many?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Confession Of Faith In God The Son

It was because Jesus was baptised by John, through which He accepted the sins of the world passed on to Him. In Mt 3:15, we see Jesus taking all the sins of the world upon Himself by receiving His baptism from John. The reason why Jesus was baptised by John was because He had to shoulder the sins of the world through this baptism of atonement. It was because this was God’s own desire, as stated in Isa 53:10, “ yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him……”

Therefore, the purpose of God sending Christ to this earth was to “bruise Him” because of His bearing of our sins and death.

Realising this love, the Apostle John said, “in this is love, not that we love God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10. In obeying the will of God, Christ therefore discarded at once the comfortable way, which he was more than capable of taking with His majesty and power. More so, He did not hesitate to eschew the compassion of His disciples and the great welcome of the people. Put differently, because there was a way for Him to accept all the sins of the world by being baptised, He died for us, who, as Isa 53:6 tells us, “like sheep have gone astray” and has thereby opened “a new and living way.”  Heb 10:20.  Jesus, in other words, had to embrace His baptism by John to satisfy the righteousness of God, regardless of whether people would recognise it or not, but this was the very desire of the Father. This is why He faced the accursed and terrifying death of the cross.

Now that Jesus’ sufferings were the will of God, He remained completely silent even as He suffered. As Isa 53:7 states, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before its shearers is silent. So He opened not His mouth.” As such, even as He was falsely accused, harshly beaten, plucked  of His beard and spat at because He had accepted the sins of mankind passed onto Him from John through His baptism, He remained silent.

Not only this but furthermore because it was the will of the Father for Him to be baptised and thus die, He died for the sake of those who believe. Only after being baptised by John at the age of thirty and thereby taking upon Him the sins of the world, our Lord was crucified at the age of thirty three and shed His blood. He then rose from the dead and has become the eternal Saviour for those of us who believe in this Truth.