What question did Pilate pose to the crowd at the trial of Jesus? He first asked, “What shall I do with Jesus who's called Christ?” The crowd cried, “Crucify Him!” Pilate then asked the millionaire dollar question – “Why?” That is the key question still today. The vast majority of people who live in our culture know that Jesus was crucified, yet, they do not understand why it happened. The answer to that question is simple – Jesus was crucified because He was innocent. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 the Bible teaches that says God made Jesus who knew no sin, He was innocent, so that He, by dying on the cross, could become sin for us. Jesus did not die on the cross because He was guilty. He died on the cross because you were guilty. He died on the cross because I was guilty.
When Jesus hung on the cross the Bible teaches that God took every sin you and I would ever commit and he placed it on Jesus and then God punished Jesus, though He was innocent, for our sin. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin so that we don't have to. He paid that penalty in full. He was our substitute. All that is left is for us to believe that and place our faith in Christ.