“Though he was God, Jesus did not cling to his rights … but humbled himself, even to dying a criminal’s death on a cross.”
– Philippians 2:5-8
If Jesus truly was God, as the Scriptures claim, then why did he go to all the pain and trouble of the cross? Couldn’t he just as easily have forgiven our sins by pardon or decree, without ever leaving heaven?
Consider: “I, Jesus the Christ, by the power vested in me as the Son of God, do hereby absolve (your name) of all the sins you have every committed or will commit in the future.”