I interrupt my current blog short series because of the urgency of this message. By the title you will know where I am going with this. The problem is that many people do not at all understand what True Christianity is about. Jesus did not come to earth to tell people to "be good." He came to earth to die, for us, for you and me. That was His mission. He went into it with full knowledge, not that it was easy.
In Gethsemane, the night before his crucifixion:
He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.--Luke 22:41-44
So, why did Jesus have to die?
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.--2 Cor. 5:21
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. --Isa. 53:6
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.--Heb. 9:22
This is why the Jews had to offer sacrifices, but:
because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.--Heb. 10:4
...he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.--Isa. 53:12b