Did Christ die in vain? IF you or I could be made righteous by keeping the Law of Moses, then Christ did not need to die for you or me. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed: “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” (Matthew 26) Jesus was praying about His death on the cross. His Father would not have sent His Son to the cross if we could be saved by the law, or any other way. If justification was possible by the keeping of the Law, then Christ died in vain (Pastor Chuck Smith) .