Propitiation (Illustration) | Why Did Jesus Have to Die

[Why Did Jesus Have to Die #10] Why did Jesus have to die? We saw that He not only died for us for redemption but he also died for God the Father to satisfy – propitiate His holy, just, righteous nature. The work on the cross man-ward is redemption. The work on the cross God-ward is propitiation, or I like to call it satisfaction. But what does that really mean? Let me try to illustrate it for you. This happened a number of years ago, and I read a newspaper account in Los Angeles, California. Just north of L.A. there is a stretch of highway that goes through a county where they are
very strict on speeding, and the little village there makes a lot of money on it. And this young lady, and I would estimate she was
probably about maybe 18-19 years old, was picked up for speeding. Well in that segment of that highway there when you’re picked up for speeding you’re not ticketed. You are ticketed and taken right to the court 24/7. 24 hours a day,
7 days a week the court is in session. And so she was taken to the court. She sat in the court for a while and when it was her turn and her name was called she went and stood before the judge. The judge read off the citation and said, “Guilty or not guilty?” Well she was caught, as we say in English, red handed. And so she said, “Guilty.” And the judge brought down the gavel and said, “I find you guilty.” And I’m not sure accurately here of what took place but it was either like $100 fine or one day in jail, or so many hours in jail. And he brought the gavel down. But then an amazing thing happened, probably never happened, maybe one or two other times in the history of American courts, the judge stood up, took off his judicial robe, laid it over the back of the chair, walked down around the front, stood next to the young lady, took out his billfold and paid the fine. The whole court was stunned. What was the explanation of that? The explanation was this. The judge was her father. And now here’s the situation. Her father loved his daughter probably more than anyone else in the world, but he was a just judge. Think of that, a just judge. And therefore he couldn’t say “I love you so much, I know you didn’t mean to do it. You’re forgiven this time.” What would everybody in the court yell out? I would a yelled out. “I want justice.” So matter how much he loved her, because he was a just judge he had to fine her $100 or a day in jail. But he loved her so much he was willing to set aside his judicial robes and come back down and stand next to her as her father instead of seated before her as her judge and he took the penalty upon himself. So no one could say “I want justice.” The law, the requirements of the law, was met. You might say that you and I were brought before God and He brought down and says, “Guilty or not guilty” and I said “Guilty, I am a sinner” And brought down the gavel and said, “I fine you — the wages of sin is death.” But God loved us so much you might say he stood up, took off His royal robes, and set them across the back of his chair, and he came down in the form of His Son Christ Jesus and instead of standing before us as our judge,
he stood next to us as our Savior. And He took the penalty upon Himself. He took the holy, just, righteous wrath of God upon Himself. And when Jesus said “It is finished” all the requirements of the law and the nature of God was satisfied and it set Him free to deal with us in love. That is probably one of the best illustrations I’ve seen of what it means to be propitiated, or Christ paying the price to satisfy the holy, just righteous nature of God. The work, why did Jesus have to die? Because God is a holy, just righteous loving God. For whom did He die? Yes, He died for you, for me, for everyone, for the elect, but He also died for God the Father. And if you don’t understand that, you will almost always, what you would call “water down” sin. You will never look at sin as truly being sinful and that will effect almost every decision you ever make in your life. God loves you so much He did something about it.


  1. Zia Ul Masih 4 World said:

    blessed lecture

    November 5, 2010
  2. Blogrich55 said:

    urban legend Josh BUT good illustration as far as it goes. God bless.

    November 7, 2010
  3. Chrissy G said:

    Thank you!

    April 7, 2011
  4. sashang0 said:

    It would be better if the daughter said 'No dad, it's my punishment to take.' The requirement to the law is still met.

    June 29, 2012
  5. Dane Davenport said:

    Almost a good example, but falls short. Problem–girl offended law not the judge (sin personally offends God); fine couldv'e been paid by the girl (we can't pay the price of our offense). this example lacks demonstrating the personal offense towards God and the hopelessness we have in trying to make the payment ourselves. Jesus: he absorbed God's personal wrath towards us and redeemed us with a price we couldn't pay. thank you Lord for your mercy and that great plan!

    October 19, 2012
  6. GrayWolf459 said:

    Do you have any good biblical verses for propitiation? I have to write a research paper on propitiation and I need lots of verses from both new and old testament. Got any good ones?

    February 28, 2013
  7. principled legal standard said:

    The judge should have recused himself, therefore he was not a just judge. Being the judge over a kangaroo court and not bothering to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest…isn't even lawful by non christian standards

    April 19, 2015
  8. WriteMindFlow said:

    Wow, beautiful analogy! It's possible the most important thing in the bible to understand !

    October 8, 2019

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