224 WHY DID JESUS DIE ON THE CROSS
The question I first thought of was; ‘Why did Jesus have to die on the
Cross’. But then I realised that he didn’t ‘have’ to die; he chose to
die. But surely even that isn’t true. It was his Father who chose for
him to die – “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me.
Nevertheless, let your will be done not mine” (Luke 22:42). So the
question is; Why did God the Father choose for his son to die? In
Biblical times the sacrificing of the eldest son was the supreme
sacrifice ‘Then he took his eldest son and sacrificed him on the city
wall’ (2 Kings 3:27). ‘Laying its foundations cost him his eldest son
Abriam and erecting its gates cost him his youngest son Segub’ (1
Kings 16:34). But in those cases the sacrifices were made to appease
God or the Gods. God the Father has no-one to appease. So why
Sacrifice his son?
The whole idea of Jesus’ death on the Cross comes from Redemption. Why
is that necessary? Adam and Eve’s first sin left its stain on us all.
If Original Sin is a mystery then it can to be understood by Our
Lady’s word at Lourdes “I am the Immaculate Conception”. Such special
conception would not have been necessary if Original Sin did not
exist. Original Sin and our subsequent sins meant that heaven’s gates
were closed to us. To open them God required that a Supreme Sacrifice
had to be made.
As mentioned above sacrificing your eldest son or only son was known
as the supreme sacrifice. So that must be why God chose the Passion
and Crucifixion of His Son. But that leads to another important reason
for Jesus’ Crucifixion.
Throughout his three years of proclaiming his Kingdom Jesus often
referred to the fact that he would be raised up (as the serpent in the
desert) and that he would be put to death. So, to him, his Passion and
Crucifixion were not unexpected and without that bloody Crucifixion
the Sacrifice of the Mass would be meaningless. Jesus poured out his
blood for us and that same blood we receive in Holy Communion. The
Holy Mass is the re-enactment of Calvary so without Calvary there
would be no Mass. Surely that alone is the answer to Why Jesus Died on
Michael Blackburn. Good Friday 10th April 2009.