After watching the Passion of the Christ, many were wondering, "Why do we need atonement?" "Why did Jesus have to die?" "Why crucifixion on the cross? Why the blood?" Most people would say that Jesus died on the cross so that we could be forgiven of our sins - and that is true. But that is only a part of the passion of Christ. It's actually more than forgiveness, salvation; healing ... It's deliverance from our root problem.
To confess in order to be forgiven of our sins, one sin at a time is a step but it's like putting little band-aids over a big problem. Christ alone provided for our healing, forgiveness of our sins and the solution for the root problem: our old sinful nature.
Everyone who witnessed the crucifixion on the cross understood what it meant to sacrifice a lamb to atone for their sins. The passion of the Christ revealed that Jesus came be our lamb and to shed His blood, to completely blot out any record of our sins. He voluntarily laid his torn body down on the cross not only so that we could be forgiven of our sins but also so that He could give us His righteousness as a gift. We all have tried to improve our behavior to make ourselves acceptable to God, but we still felt separated from God because of our selfishness and intent to have our own way. Man has always wanted to find his own way to God, hence the many religions.
What we really need is a new heart or to have our heart transformed. It is the cross that is the solution for our sinful old nature. We have many sinful practices today that are rooted in automatic fleshly reactions that have been set up since our childhood. We were wounded, we reacted with sinful thinking, and we excused sinful behavior and defended our right to be sinful! In spite of the passion of the Christ, many of us still do not trust God to have our best interest at heart.
Do you know why Jesus suffered, shed blood and died?