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Why Did Jesus Die?

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

While We Live
You and I die because we are sinners. We have come under God's righteous sentence of death and judgment (Rom. 3:23, 6:23; Heb. 9:27).

Death Had No Claim On Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ came down from heaven, being born of the virgin Mary. He did not have a sinful nature as we have, and so He never sinned. Therefore death had no claim on Him. He willingly let wicked men crucify Him at Calvary (John 6:38; Matt. 1:23-24; 1 John 3:5; John 10:17, 18).

Neither those nails through His hands and His feet, nor all the power in the Roman Empire could have held Him to that cross if He had wanted to come down. It was love for your precious, undying soul that brought the Lord Jesus Christ down from heaven, took Him to that shameful cross, and held Him there until He had finished the work of redemption (John 19: 30).

No Other Way
Almighty God could not find any other way or person to save you from the just penalty of your sins (1 John 4:9, 10, 14).

The Lord Jesus Christ is God and Man in one blessed Person. As eternal Son of God He knew all the demands of God's nature and all the requirements of His righteous throne, which had been outraged by our sins. As a perfect Man (spirit, soul, and body), He was qualified to pay for all man's sins of spirit, soul, and body.

God's Approval
God showed His approval of that mighty work by raising the Lord Jesus from the dead and seating Him at His own right hand in heaven (Acts 5: 30). He is there now, a living, loving Man, with the scars still in His hands and in His feet which He had received when He died for your sins (John 20: 27).

As you read, He looks down from heaven upon you and He reads the thoughts and the motives of your heart. He knows what you think about your sins and what you think about Him. He wants to be your Savior.

Why Did Jesus Die?
He died for your sins! Your must realize that it was your sins that caused Him to die, the least one of which is enough to shut you out of God's perfect heaven forever. Simply by confessing your sins to Him and believing on Him as your substitute, you can get God's forgiveness (Rom. 10:9). Though you are a stranger to me, you are not a stranger to God: He knows all about you. Don't put aside this message until you are very sure, on the authority of God's Word, that the Lord Jesus Christ is your personal Savior from the penalty and power of your sins. If you refuse Him now as Savior, you will eventually stand before Him as your Judge, but then it will be forever too late! (John 5:22; Rev. 20:11-15)

What Will You Do?
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18).

"And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin" (1 John 3:5).

"How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?" (Heb. 2:3).

-F. Wurst, edited

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