Why Did Jesus have to die on a cross?

Why was a cross chosen for Jesus to die on? Was it really necessary for his sacrificial death to be so cruel?
The following is an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by Author and Radio Commentator Jocelyn Andersen. Her commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books.

Why Did Jesus have to die on a cross?

Why was a cross chosen for Jesus to die on? Was it really necessary for his sacrificial death to be so cruel? When the Bible speaks of the cross of Christ, it is referring to the atoning work done there—not to the symbol itself. The cross, however, was chosen for a very specific reason.

The symbol of the cross is an ancient symbol. It is one of the oldest symbols known to man and traces its origins back to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It pre-dates Christianity and represents the ultimate sin—the conjunction (meeting or mingling) of opposites—i.e., good and evil. It has enjoyed widespread acceptance by false religions and the occult and by Christians as well. Satanists wear crosses— and not always upside-down. The cross symbolizes the conjunction of opposites, and that relates directly to the knowledge of good and evil… which Satan tempted the first couple with, and by which he successfully orchestrated the downfall of an entire race. The symbol of the cross, the conjunction or mingling of opposites, is in direct opposition to a holy God who never mingles opposites (good and evil). God gave the first couple only one, “Thou shalt not,” which would have kept them ignorant of all evil—other than the simple fact that it existed—and would have kept them both completely safe forever.

The serpent told the couple they were missing something, and he would help them get it. He told them that God had not really given them everything they needed in order to be complete. They knew only about the good in life, and Satan told them that if they acquired the knowledge of evil along with the knowledge of good, that would make them whole—they would then be just like God.” God says there is no common ground upon which good and evil can meet and co-exist successfully—not in the same mind, not in the same body, not in the same home, city, country, planet or universe. The symbol of the cross has always been the ultimate symbol of the mingling, conjoining and conjunction of opposites—the place where good and evil meet. And the place that happened for the very first time on this planet was at the tree. The cross has always symbolized the lie that the knowledge of both good and evil is necessary in order to achieve ultimate balance, harmony, oneness, or wholeness. That is why Jesus had to die on a cross. He completely atoned for sin…

By paying the ultimate price for sin… Upon the ultimate symbol of sin… The cross.
This has been an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by Author and Radio Commentator Jocelyn Andersen. Her commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books.

Jesus said by our words, we will be justified, or by our words, we will be condemned. That is a frightening thought for most of us. During the course of a lifetime we speak many words, and we do not always choose our words wisely. The wisest choice of words we can ever make is to confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is the risen Son of God. If we come to God on those terms, with a truly repentant heart, we are promised eternal life. A broken and contrite heart, he will not despise.

Here is what it all boils down to. Our God is merciful and loving. He does not unnecessarily complicate things. We read in Romans 10. 9, 10, and 13, that if we confess with our mouth, words, that Jesus is the Son of God, and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, and call on God to save us according to those terms, We, Will, Be, Saved. Is it well with your soul?

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