Every believer knows (I hope!) Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion. But what about it? Why would we want to remember a day which a Man died a horrible death?
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
Because it is for us that He had to die. It is for us that He had to shed His blood. It is for us that, as an innocent Man, He has to go through the humiliation and suffer the punishment.
And no… He could not have done it any other way.
For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
If He did not, we would still be condemned under the Old Covenant and doomed to eternal damnation in the burning lake of hell. If He did not, we would never have a New Covenant, where God can, righteously and legally, be merciful to our lawless deeds and remember our sins no more.
But thank God… He did.