So, Why Did Jesus Have to Die? A Chiasm of the History of Redemption

The question invariably comes up – just why did Jesus have to die?” While we can be quick to give a pat answer of “He died for our sins”, there

Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

The focal point of history

is actually more to the story. Look at the chiasm below to get an idea of the big events of the cross – talk about killing lots of birds with one stone! When Colossians 1:20 says that all things were reconciled by his blood that is not an overstatement. The death of Jesus is literally the focal point of history and without his sacrifice creation itself would forever be lost, mankind would have no hope either physically or spiritually, Israel’s relationship could never be restored with her husband (God married and then divorced Israel [northern kingdom see Jer 3:8] and promised to betroth her to himself again, [see Hosea 2]. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice which saved us in so many ways!

  • God in perfect harmony with his creation (Gen 2:3)
    • Adam disobeys (Gen 3)
      • Creation falls into bondage (Gen 3:17)
        • Adam dies physically/genetically (Gen 3:18)
          • Adam loses the spirit that God breathed in (Gen 2:7, 17)
            • God chooses / marries united Israel (Deut 7:6)
              • God divorces northern kingdom/chastises Judah because of adultery (Hos 2:2/Jer 3:8)          
                • Redeemer’s blood Harmonizes all things (Col 1:20)
              • Relationship restored with his bride/wife/Israel (Hos 2:19, 20)
            • United Israel restored (Ezek 37:16-20)”
          • Spirit restored to Adam (mankind) (John 20:22)
        • Adam (mankind) restored (physically/genetically) (ICor 15:44)
      • Creation liberated from bondage of corruption (Rom 8:20-23)
    • Adam in harmony with God (Rev 7:17)
  • God in perfect harmony with his creation (all things in heaven and earth) (Isa 65:17, Rev 21:1, Mat 19:28)

Chiasm of History of Redemption Click here to download this resource

 

The Death of the Promised One, Lessons from New Book, “the Edge of Eternity”

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My new book, Edge of Eternity is centered on the time of the millennium and to fully explain the details of the millennium many foundational issues must be considered. The following snippet details Jesus (Aryeh) descending to the grave (Sheol).

Suddenly the earth began to quake (Mat 27:54) and Aryeh, son of Elyón, the King, the Promised One stood before them. “How glorious he is!” Enosh said rejoicing to those around him. “But why is he here in Sheol?” he said confused. Aryeh seemed even more beautiful than when he had first beheld his face at his creation and yet, somehow, he was different; his face was marred (Isa 52:14) and he appeared as a lamb that had been slain. (Isa 53:7; Rev 5:6) “Has he truly died?” He asked those around him in disbelief that Aryeh, son of Elyón could ever look like that. “How can his death free us from the power of Sheol?” The moment he said that it struck him in his very core; Aryeh had been willing to be beaten, mocked, and die a shameful and cruel death on account of his treachery! (Isa 53) He, the Promised One, Enosh realized, the glorious King himself, suffered for my sedition once for all, an innocent person, for me, the guilty! (1Pet 3:18) Enosh could say nothing and lowered his head in shame. “Enosh!” Aryeh said looking over at him with the same sparkle and joy in his eye when he had first created him. “I did it for the joy that is now mine. (Heb 12:2) Now I can take you, and all here who have waited for me, to Siyon, my City.”

He walked over to the great chasm which was separating those who were waiting for him and those who were not. He looked deep into the darkness of the chasm, to the lowest rung of the Bor to the imprisoned rebellious malakhim, who had revolted along with Rakhíl, and who disobeyed long ago in the days of Noakh (1Pet 3:20) and were locked up for the judgment of the great Day (Jude 1:6-7) They were the ones who did not keep within their proper domain but crossed the boundary and abandoned their own non-terrestrial bodies[i] when they took the daughters of Enosh for wives, indulging in sexual immorality and pursuing unnatural desire by mingling with the seed of men (Dan 2:43) fathering the fallen ones, the Nephilim. (Gen 6:1-4; Dan 2:43; 2 Pet 2:4; Jude 1:6-7)

“It…is…done!” He triumphantly thundered (John 19:30) at them. They attempted to lift their necks to look at their conqueror yet their unbreakable, eternal chains bound them so tightly they could even move. (Jude 1:6-7) They also remained speechless daring not open their mouths at the sight of him. (Isa 52:15)

 “Your stronghold is broken!” Aryeh chuckled happily. “Rakhíl, the ruler of the cosmos is judged and shall be cast out. (John 12:31) The power of death which Rakhíl used to keep the sons of Enosh in bondage and fear of death all their lives (Heb 2:14, 15) I have taken from him. (John 14:30) Both he and you are finally judged after so many years.” (John 16:11)



[i] In 2 Cor 5:2 we read of putting off the earthly habitation (the physical body) and putting on a heavenly habitation (spiritual body). The word oiketerion (οἰκητήριον) (habitation) is the same word used in 2 Pet 2:4. For we know that if our earthly house, [this] tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in [this] tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. (2 Cor 5:1-4 NKJV)

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