Tabby the Cat: Why Did Jesus Die For Us?

Why did Jesus die for us?

Saraya (age 6)

Dear Saraya,

First of all, let's pretend there is some place really special you want your mom or dad to take you. Your mom says you have to clean your room first if you want her to take you. So you go to your room, but instead of cleaning, you see your new doll and start playing with it. A few hours go by and your mom tells you it is time to get ready to go. She looks in your room and still sees the big mess. She tells you that you can't go now and have to stay home and clean your room.

You begin to cry and tell her you are sorry, but you still are not allowed to go. All of a sudden your brother or sister come into your room and ask your mom if they can take your punishment and stay home and clean your room instead. They know how much you were looking forward to going to this special place and they are willing to be grounded for you.

This is what Jesus did for us on the cross so we can go to the special place God has for us. It is Heaven and it is more beautiful than anything we could imagine. But to go there we have to obey God too. Every day we sin and disobey Him and His Word, the Bible. So God sent His Son Jesus to die for us and take our punishment instead. The Bible says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

God loves you so much, Saraya, that He took your punishment by dying on the cross. Now you can ask God to forgive you for all the bad things you do and He forgives you and forgets all about your sin. If you love God He will one day take you to His special place in Heaven and you will live with Him forever.


Tabby the Cat

Tabby the Cat answers are written by Tabitha Rudge Smith.  If your child or grandchild has a question for Tabby, please e-mail her.  Although she may be unable to personally answer each one, she will answer questions in future newsletters.