Many Christians believe that Jesus took on the sins of the world, suffered and died, so that we might have eternal life.
If Jesus died for our sins, then he might have mentioned it. But he didn’t. Nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus say he’ll die for our sins.
All the times he preached and taught, all the messages and metaphors he shared, he didn’t tell people he was taking on their sins. Even before his death, Jesus told people their sins were forgiven, already. Before he died.
Don’t look at a few lines that can have multiple interpretations, at best, or may be less authentic than the overarching message of Jesus. That idea is in the Bible, but it came about nearly 50 or 60 years later, and is only in the letters in the New Testament, not in the teaching or actual words of Jesus.
Look at what Jesus said was the most important thing… not repent, or believe in me, but Love.
Love God, love each other.
Jesus said he would die and return. He didn’t say he was taking the sins of the world with him.
When we consider the teaching, death and resurrection in the context of the people at the time, we see a different story.
The purpose of Jesus isn’t his death on the cross. The purpose of Jesus is the empty tomb.
Anyone can die; everyone will. But only the son of God can overcome death and live again.
When we look at scripture from the perspective of the people who lived with Jesus, from the perspective of those who witnessed him after he died and came back to life, we see Jesus proving the truth of his message by overcoming death. The Gospel of John explains the importance of the resurrection, and doesn’t mention Jesus dying for our sins.
“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” ~ John 20:30-31
Jesus was executed and came back to life. He was resurrected to prove he was who he said he was — the son of God. Delivering the message of God: Love each other.
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