For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.Hebrews 10:4 As a grammar instructor, I teach my students four types of sentences: imperative, exclamatory, declarative, and interrogative.
Imperative sentences give a command or directions. Exclamatory sentences express excitement. Declarative sentences are normal sentences, and interrogative sentences ask a question. Imperative and exclamatory can occasionally be confused because both can end with an exclamation mark. The interrogative is perhaps the easiest to identify because the ending punctuation is always a question mark and because they begin with the infamous “w” words: why, what, where, when.
Where God and religion are concerned, I’ve heard and asked many of the “w” questions myself…why being the most common. Why did I lose my job? Why did my marriage disintegrate? Why did my child turn away from God? Why have I been afflicted with this sickness? Why, why, why.
Among the most important why questions is, why did Jesus have to die? Jesus himself said, “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17 NLT).
When I question why Jesus had to die, I’m really asking why God couldn’t have provided for the forgiveness of my sins by another means. The entire Old Testament record demonstrates the need of a substitute if the sinner was to go free. Sins were covered by the blood of animals—animals that as far as the worshiper knew were free from defect. When the sacrifice was made, God overlooked the sin. Yet, these animals never provided complete cleansing.
A perfect sacrifice was required, and God decided to let his Son provide that offering. Could God have engineered salvation by another avenue? I suppose he could have, but God decided blood must be shed for the forgiveness of sins. Thankfully, it’s not ours that must be spilled. His Son accomplished this as our substitute.
Accepting God’s offer of salvation is all he requires from us. We all must answer the interrogative question: What will I do with Jesus?
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing, and Assistant Editor for Vinewords.net. He has also served as Web Content Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. Wiles has authored Don’t Just Live…Really Live (Ambassador International), A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots (Vine-Word Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Parenting Teens, Open Windows, Proclaim, Stand Firm, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, The Upper Room, The Upper Room Disciplines, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Converge, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, The Banner, Relevant, Bible Advocate, Reasons to Live, Author Magazine, and Lutheran Digest. Wiles has also written for the Bridges and Pathways Curriculum (Warner Press) and is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, Inkspirations, and VineWords and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles has also served on faculty for the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference. crat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.