Father, A friend of mine during a discussion on religion indicated her young son asked "Why did Jesus have to die to save us" She didn't know how to answer, nor do I. Why was it necessary for Jesus to die such a horrible death? Why not just spend his life on earth teaching and dying naturally? Thanks and may God bless.
Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 1/30/2008:
Tom, Love has saved us. No one in his right mind as he contemplates the unbelievable suffering of Christ in his Passion, no one can doubt the reality nor the depth of his love for us sinners. The extreme love of Christ for us is also indicative of his Father's love for us. Bottom line, this love could not be magnified, neither Christ's nor his Father's love for us. Some of us sinners might despair once we realize how evil sin is, but not when we contemplate how personal and how deep the pain. God bless you. Fr. Bob Levis