Some say that Jesus was a great teacher. Others say he was a good man. While these statements are true, there was much more to Jesus. He was the promised Seed spoken of in Genesis 3:15, and prophesied about all through Scriptures. He was the Messiah that all of creation was waiting for. But the purpose for his existence goes beyond the parables he taught, or the healings he performed.
The ministry of Jesus was not only about delivering the demon-possessed, or raising the dead. It was about the full essence of God dwelling within the flesh of Jesus Christ, who offered himself as a sinless sacrifice so that everyone throughout all time who believe in him can be freed from the devastating effects of sin and death.
While God originally instituted animal sacrifice as a way of providing ceremonial cleansing for His people, those sacrifices were not able to cleanse man's conscience from the effects of sin. Only the blood of Jesus Christ could remove the stain. The author of Hebrews taught in his letter that only by becoming a human could Jesus die, and it was only through his death that the power of Satan could be broken. (2:14-15) Jesus lived a perfect life, committed entirely to the plan of the Father, even to death. His blood was the only perfect offering brought into the Most Holy Place of heaven. (Hebrews 9:12)
At conception, the blood is provided genetically by the father of the child. As the Son of God, Jesus was born with perfect blood. He was without a sin nature, just as Adam was prior to the fall. Jesus still had the freedom to choose, just as Adam did. But the will of Jesus was aligned with the will of the Father, and he remained without sin. This sinless state made him the perfect lamb, without spot or blemish, just as the Passover lamb was to be.
At the moment of his death, Jesus had become the most cursed of men, bearing on his shoulders the sins of the entire world. (I John 2:2) The holy presence of God can't dwell amidst the unholiness of sin. Because of this, the fullness of God that had dwelt within Jesus departed from him, and Jesus was left as a natural man to suffer the fullness of the wrath of God. When the price for sin had been fully paid, Jesus breathed his last, and committed his spirit into the hands of his Father. His body was taken down from the cross before sunset and laid in a tomb.
Though Jesus experienced death, God did not intend to leave him there. Three days later, before sunrise, the Spirit of God raised Jesus from the dead just as He had promised. The enemy of death had been defeated. Because of his sinless sacrifice, and because of his resurrection, each person who believes can receive the same newness of life, and can boldly enter into presence of God, having been washed by the blood of the perfect Lamb.