Why did Jesus have to die to save us? Couldn’t he have found another way? Think of this. What is the one thing that humanity cannot end, no matter how much medical research and scientific breakthroughs occur? Death. Death comes to every living thing on earth. Nothing can stop it. It is inevitable.
The most powerful thing anyone on this earth can do is to defeat death. To reverse death. To look at death in its face, and defy it. Science cannot do it. But, Jesus Christ did.
And, Jesus’ one act touches all of us. Human beings are not separate, but connected. “If you could see humanity spread out in time, as God sees it … Every individual would appear connected with every other.” (Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis.)
Jesus’ life and death affected all of humanity. “…[I]t is as if something which is always affecting the whole human mass begins, at one point, to affect that whole human mass in a new way. From that point the effect spreads through all mankind … It is like dropping into a glass of water one drop of something which gives a new taste or a new [color] to the whole lot.” (Lewis.)
He turned His cross of passion into our tree of life. In His death, He passed “over from the temporary biological life into timeless ‘spiritual’ life,” allowing all of us to do the same. (Lewis.)
He entered the garden of Gethsemane to bring life, reversing Adam’s entering a garden that brought death. “Thus it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” (1 Corinthians 15:45)
By defying death, he restored us. He redeemed humanity. “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17.) And, His final words show His death accomplished just that, when he said, “It is finished.”