But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Why did God send Jesus to die on the cross? Is it because He loves you? Well, sure, He does love you… we all know John 3:16. Did Jesus come because He loves the Father? Absolutely, that’s true as well… but there’s another aspect to the death of Jesus, God had to send Him to die because of who He is. See, all those people who lived before Jesus walked the earth, people in the Old Testament times, were not destroyed and punished for their sins… why not? Well, because God promised He would take care of it… so He had to. God is righteous, and so to prove His righteousness, He put forward Jesus as His solution to sin (even the sin of those Old Testament people). Jesus satisfies the requirements God made for Himself. This means God can still be JUST (punish sin) and JUSTIFIER (the one who saves us) at the same time. God is amazing… trust Him today!