“Why did Jesus have to die?” On the surface, this seems to be a straightforward and rather simple question to answer, especially for a studied Christian. Simply put, you could respond with, “Jesus died for my sins.”
Upon closer examination, this simplistic response does not come close to addressing the depths of the question, particularly from the perspective of a person who knows little, or perhaps nothing at all, about Jesus.
In addition, many people believe Jesus did not die; they believe God took him directly into heaven and he did not experience death. What if they are wrong? What are the implications?
The Bible refers to God as being holy more than any of his other attributes. Isaiah the prophet emphasized God’s holiness by declaring, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3)
A respected contemporary Bible commentator brought attention to the Bible’s emphasis on God’s holiness when he stated:
“The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love, or mercy, mercy, mercy, or wrath, wrath, wrath, or justice, justice, justice. It does say that He is holy, holy, holy; the whole earth is full of His glory.”
The Bible teaches that God is love, mercy, wrath, and just, among other attributes, but foremost he is holy.
What is holiness? What does it mean to be holy?