“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
1 John 3:16 KJV
Last time, we spoke about the gospel and the very content that makes up the gospel. We found out that the gospel is a message primarily about the death, burial, resurrection and consequently, the ascension of Christ.
Today, we will be looking at the purpose of the death of Jesus. How important was His death in the provision of man’s salvation? What significant role did the death of Jesus play in redeeming man?
The first reason why the death of Jesus is so vital and must be seen in light of its purpose is because Jesus’ death is the highest demonstration of God’s love to mankind. John 3:16 talks about God’s giving of His only begotten (now first begotten) as a demonstration of His love. The giving wasn’t His incarnation, rather it was His death- contextual reading from verse 14 reveals this explicitly.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Rom 6:23 informs us that the wages of sin is death, the question to answer is “Did we receive the wages due for our sins?” Man was soaked in sin; this was his nature after the fall at Eden. The sad part is that man couldn’t redeem himself from sin.
Thankfully, Jesus Christ came to the world to receive the wages that was due us for our sins and at the same time, confer God’s gift of eternal life to us, not because of anything we did, would do or had done, but because of His perfect sacrifice. We owed a debt we couldn’t pay, Jesus stepped in to make full payment and beyond, for our sakes. Glory to God!
One other important thing that His death came to accomplish is, destroy the hostility between Jews and Non-Jews and reconcile both unto God.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” Ephesians 2:13-16.
In Christ Jesus, we’ve been made one. There is no form of hostility in existence any longer. Everyone who believes becomes one under Christ, brothers and sisters united by the blood of Christ.
We’ll look at some other things Jesus’ death accomplished tomorrow. Go out today with the message of the Gospel, Tell men of His death, burial, resurrection and majestic ascension.
Say This: The death of Jesus is God’s demonstration of love to me. He paid my debt, I am free to live his life. I am reconciled back to God!