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The Wages Of Sin

Jesus Christ knew that He was the Messiah, the "Lamb of God" (John 1:29). And yet, knowing what awaited Him in a few hours, since He was as human as anyone else, before or since (Hebrews 2:17, 4:15), He asked The Father to relieve Him of the need to actually go through with it. Ironically, He prayed so hard that "His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:44 KJV). He asked three times, in deep and sorrowful prayer, but God's answer was that it must be carried through. Why? Why did Jesus have to actually shed His blood as a sacrifice for humanity?

"The Wages Of Sin Is Death"

Passover Right from the earliest times, as God decreed, blood was equated with life:

"for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof" (Leviticus 17:14 KJV)

"Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in The Image Of God made He man" (Genesis 9:6 KJV)

When humans became sinners, they became subject to the penalty of sin, which is death:

"Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore The Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." (Genesis 3:22-23 KJV)

"for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Genesis 3:19 KJV)

"For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23 KJV)

Jesus Christ paid the death penalty for all humanity, by His shed blood

"But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you" (1 Peter 1:19-20 KJV)

"For this is My blood of the New Testament [see also Covenant and Testament], which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:28 KJV)

"But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water" (John 19:34 KJV) (see also How Did He Die?)

Fact Finder: At the very moment of His death, at the second that the Christ paid the penalty of sin for all humanity, God turned away from His Son. Why?
See Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?


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