As we approach the Easter Weekend there are two theological positions for us to reflect on:
Death: His death is significant because it was through His death that God’s wrath toward sin is totally satisfied. This goes all the way back to Genesis 2 when God speaks to Adam and tells him if he eats from the tree he shall surely die. It is at the point of Adam’s disobedience that sin enters into human history and distorts all of creation and separates all of humanity from creator. A Holy God has been offended.
In God’s compassion His eternal plan was / is to send Himself into human history, walk among us, live a life of perfection and take the promise of death from Genesis 2 upon Himself. It was an eternal offense, against an eternal God, and could only be satisfied by an eternal death, which was completely satisfied through Jesus’ death on the cross. Romans 3 teaches us the wages of sin is death and yet Jesus was found to be without sin. It is in the moments of Jesus’ death that He becomes our sin (our rebellion, our disobedience, our lying, our selfishness) and the scripture says that Jesus cries out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”
2 Corinthians 5:
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.