[quote="MACHIU, post:7, topic:192814"]
Since our religion is a Judeo-Christian religion, we have the root of Jewish belief system. Jilly4ski is correct that to understand why Jesus had to be suffer and die, we first have to understand what is the significance of sacrifice in the Old Testament.
Forgiveness of sins requires blood, but instead of re-offering animal sacrifice over and over again, God gave us Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God, the ultimate sacrifice once and for all so no more animal sacrifice is needed for forgiveness of sins.
The following are a few verses to guide:
Lev 1-10 (yes, that's the first 10 chapters of Leviticus). Skim through it and see how the sacrifice is done. Basically you offer an animal for your sin. The high priest kill the animal for its blood then, have it offered to God. The high priest also 'soaks' himself in the animal blood.
Lev 17:11 Since the life of a living body is in its blood, I have made you put it on the altar, so that atonement may thereby be made for your own lives, because it is the blood, as the seat of life, that makes atonement.
So the blood of the animal was a symbolic act which substituted the victim's life for the life of the offerer, who thus acknowledged that he deserved God's punishments for his sins.
Hebrew 9 (yes the whole chapter). First half is to explain atonement of sins in the Old Testament, second half to explain the effect of Jesus sacrifice in contrast of the first half.
If someone sins, (s)he has to pay. But Jesus paid it for us millions time over, not by puncturing his finger and gave us a drop of blood, but by becoming the slaughtered sacrifice, spilling most (if not all) of His Blood for us.
Now, why the crucifixion? To break all the curses (of the Law, of the original sin, of the devil, etc) by becoming the curse Himself. Crucifixion is like death penalty nowadays that is reserved only for the worst of the worst. Evenmore, Jewish tradition even says if a man guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his corpse hung on a tree, it shall not remain on the tree overnight, otherwise, God's curse rests on him. (Deu 21:22-23)
Since we know Jesus is not cursed, then He broke the curse of the Law. Since Jesus has not sinned He broke the curse of the devil.
Hope this helps, God Bless
Yes...this is the fundamental answer. Whether we like it or not there are laws in place for every aspect of our existence, both temporal and eternal. While we have gained great knowledge over the centuries as to how the physical universe behaves in the way it does, we still must be honest and admit that we don't know the why of it all.
In the end it is all a mystery. In the end it is faith that gives peace.