NKJV - 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
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Yes, He could have! Jesus' death fulfilled the plan to atone for the sin of the human race, to pay the price of our sin so we don’t have to (Isaiah 53:5). Although Jesus was God, on Earth He lived it as a human. His life was an example of how to live a sinless life with God’s power. If Jesus had sinned even once during His entire life, if He had given in to the smallest temptation, He could not have been resurrected. Jesus was constantly under Satan's attacks, tempted at every step. Satan constantly tried to cause Jesus to sin. During the last hours of Christ's life, Satan tried the hardest. His demons worked overtime to cause Jesus to sin, to give up, to speak one word of anger or hatred towards those that so cruelly mistreated Him. But Satan was unsuccessful. God put everything on the line to save us. If Jesus had sinned in any respect, God would have failed in securing our salvation and Satan would have had complete victory. The truth is Jesus didn’t have to die. He chose to because that was the only way to guarantee us a chance at eternal life. His perfect life is a free gift to all who accept to be covered by it. Jesus’ life and death are ours if we choose to accept them. Then as we walk in the newness of life that He offers, we are empowered to live as He did (Rom 6:4). Slowly but surely, as we submit daily to His Holy Spirit, our characters are changed into His image. "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10). Jesus came to show us God’s love, and the lengths to which God will go to save us (John 3:16). His life, death, and resurrection reconciled us to God (Colossians 1:21-22).
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