To be condemned to death by crucifixion, you would think he would have done something substantially egregious, such as first degree murder. However, there is no evidence of Jesus doing anything of such magnitude. In fact, the exact opposite is true. All legitimate historical evidence points to Jesus being a wonderful person. He dedicated himself to endless hours of serving the poor and needy; healing the lame, blind, and deaf. He gave speeches to thousands, captivating them with every word. First Peter 2:22 says, “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.”
If Christ had no sin, why was he beaten, spit on, scourged, and nailed to a Roman cross and killed? Your sin, not his. 1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God,”
The historical death of Jesus of Nazareth makes absolutely no sense without the Bible. It seems random, illogical, brutally savage. And it would be, IF it was not all a part of God's plan to reconcile sinners to Himself.
The purpose of Jesus was always to die. That is why he came. Even before his birth, an angel said to Joseph, his earthly dad, “he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). But it goes back farther then a few months before his birth. In Isaiah 53:5, 750 years before his birth, it was foretold, “he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
But it goes back farther than that. In Psalm 22:16-18, 1000 years before his birth, it was foretold “For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me;they have pierced my hands and feet--17I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me; 18they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”
But it goes farther back than that. In Revelation 13:8 it predicts a future anti-Christ political figure and it foretells who will worship this anti-Jesus leader, “everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”
Why did Jesus die? Chance? Mistake? Unfortunate events? No, it was destiny. Jesus was destined to die. He came for one purpose, to lay down his life for sinners. This was God's plan before time began. Peter recognized this foundational truth and preached about it in Acts 4:27-28, “for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.”
If this was God's ultimate plan and purpose of the Universe, to send His Son to reconcile sinners, the question is will you be in or will you be out? Will your name be found in the book, or will you spend your life worshiping something other than Christ?