On Monday 25th April 2011, @Trelan said:
Why was it necessary for Jesus to sacrifice Himself for you? Is God that hard that He can't just forgive and accept you?
Well let's go back to the beginning, first man, Adam, fell into death because of two reasons: disobedience and the acceptance of an evil report.
See, God created man in his class to begin with. He gave man the ability to fellowship with him, to use the laws of life to fulfill his desires, to have dominion over the inhabitants of earth and earth's nature itself etc. But the evil one came to man, told him "hey, God is keeping things from you, don't you want to see/understand the things He's using to prevent you from being like him?"
A lie, and man accepted it. He received into his spirit, a picture of evil. So what was the ensuing result? He saw "his follies", his "nakedness", his "imperfections", his "defeatedness". He willed over his dominion to the evil one. His sences dictated his experiences and as a result, he no longer saw things the way God does. He's now unable to function the way God does. He died.
Now understand, death doesn't mean the physical separation from our bodies. Remember I reminded you that we're spirits and spirits don't die, well not now anyway. But Adam died. That's because death means separation from God. Being cut off from the source of LIFE is death. If a plant gets uprooted from the earth, or a fish finds itself outside of water, it's life source is removed.
Now I am hoping you understand who (and what) God is. God is the Spirit of LIFE itself. He is the Spirit of LOVE, GOOD, TRUTH and the Spirt of LIGHT.
The absence of Light is what? Darkness(ie chaos, confusion, evil, ignorance etc) ,The absence of Love is selfishness, The absence of Truth are maladies, diseases, death, destruction, disasters etc.
Now if you've removed yourself from the knowledge of God and walk according to your sences (seeing things that are "wrong" with you) you've plunged yourself into darkness, allowing the evil one to control you.
Adam, being the first man, left a legacy of death to all that would come after him. So God, loving man and wanting to reconcile man unto Himself(Light, Life...) sent His Word.
His Word became flesh, dwelling among us. That Word, you may very well know, is the Personage of Yeshua, The Annointed One (also known as Jesus the Christ).
Now Jesus was 100% man and 100% God at the same time. God had to take on the form of man in order to legally function in this material realm. Remember, God gave man dominion in the earth and since he's a Spirit, It's not legal for Him to function here in that form so he had to become man.
His (i.e. Jesus') task was to take back the keys of death and hell and release man. He told you that when he said "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows)." (John 10:10 (Amplified Bible)). He came to give life back to man. The life eternal.
He was here walking as man(he got tired so he slept, got hungry and ate etc).
The night he prayed in the garden of gethsemane, he told God that wasn't exactly thrilled at the idea of death. He said "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me..." Why? Because death means separation from God and Jesus had never been separated from God before. He is the Word of God, and one doesn't separate a person from their word. Being separated is pure agony. The Spirit of God would depart from Him and He would be left as 100% man only. So he could've refused. He had free will. He could've said no. Yet, he humbled himself unto death. The rest of that statement is "...Yet not as I will, but as you will" (Luke 22:42)
This was the ultimate sacrifice. So Jesus, entirely man, zero percent God, descended into Hell. When the evil one saw Him, he knew something was wrong. This was a man who knew no sin(ie faithlessness, and selfishness) so it had to be some kind of mistake. Nevertheless, Jesus, son of man, defeated the devil. In fact he made an open show of flogging the evil one. He took the keys Adam had previously relinquished, and placed it squarely back in the possession of man.
Jesus is the second and last Adam. A life giving spirit.
So the question is, if that's true, why do men still live in misery? They've either failed to accept the keys he retrieved (by believing on Him and what He did) or they've not yet renewed their thinking as to what that means.
What does eternal life mean to you? Jesus rebuked winds, told seas to be calm and they obeyed Him. He healed the crippled, the blind, raised the dead. He excercised His God-kind dominion that man/the first Adam lost sight of. Notice that whenever He performed those miracles He called Himself the son of man. That's to let you know that you as a man should copy Him because you'll get those same results.
He left His Holy Spirit with us to embolden us. To Teach and guide us. To protect us(especially while some of us are still blind).
Receive His Life into you!