Why Did Jesus Christ Die?

There was an eternal purpose in the death of Jesus Christ. He did not die to give us a new religion. He did not die to become a martyr. The very goal of His life was to die so God could give you and me eternal life.  

1 Corinthians 15:3-4:

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

The answer is clear in these verses –  “…for our sins.” All of us have violated God’s laws at some point in our lives. This is the definition of sin. Sin separates us from having a relationship with God. It is the roadblock to keeping us from inheriting eternal life and an eternal home in Heaven. Again, we see in Romans:

(Romans 3:23)  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

We fall short of God because we sin. We sin because we are naturally born into this world with an inclination to go against God. The “all” in this verse includes you and me.  Sin separates us from God because His holy nature and character will not allow sin to live in His presence.

The whole purpose and mission of Jesus Christ on the cross was to pay the required price for our sins – your sins and my sins.  He willingly went to the cross to die for us.

Why did Christ rise again? The simple answer is that His victory over death provides the way for God to declare those who believe as righteous:

(Romans 4:24-25)  “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

“Justification means to be “declared righteous.” Wouldn’t you like to be “right” in the eyes of God? There is nothing we can do to make ourselves right or righteous. God already did everything required and all that could ever be done for us when the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead.

It’s that simple. And the only requirement that God has is for us to put our trust in what He already accomplished for us. It is called faith. It is the opposite of doing your own good works or living religiously.

Renewed Thought – Christ died so that I might live.

What Is The Gospel?

The Apostle Paul wrote in the Book of Romans:

(Romans 1:16)  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

The “it” in this verse is “the gospel of Christ.” “It” is designed to bring every person who believes to salvation.  Salvation means we are saved from the debt and penalty of our sins. We are saved from spiritual death and freely given eternal life.

The “gospel” is very simple. While there are many different versions and ideas of what the “gospel” is, the Bible makes it very clear in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Notice the facts laid out for us:

  1. Christ died for our sins.
  2. Christ was buried.
  3. Christ rose again from the dead on the third day.

Isn’t that simple?

Renewed Thought: The gospel is simple. Salvation is free. Trust today what God did for you when He paid the price for your sins and rose again from the dead.

Renewing Your Mind Day 1 – Changing My Mind About The Gospel

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Renewing Your Mind In 30 Days

resurrection photo(Galatians 1:6) “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:”

Even though I was born in America, attended religious classes, took part in religious ceremonies, joined a church by fulfilling the requirements for membership, memorized parts of the Bible, prayed and was baptized, I was not a Christian by God’s definition. One Sunday while I was in eighth grade, I attended a youth group and heard something called “the gospel.” I believed it. My life and eternity were changed forever. I have never been the same.

The day I became a Christian, I changed my mind about three things: Myself, God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Myself – First, I had to realize that I was a sinner regardless of whether I was born in America, raised in religion or lived a life trying to do good.

God – Second, I had to realize that God loved me and did not want to judge me. But unfortunately, because I was a sinner, He was going to judge me and my sin would keep me separated from Him forever.

Jesus Christ – Third, I had to realize who Jesus really was. He wasn’t a religious figure sent here to teach us how to do good. As God, He was sent here because God loved me. I had to realize He died on the cross for me, in my place, to pay for my sins. I also had to realize He rose again from the dead in order to give me eternal life.

The gospel is a name given to many different messages in our world today. But the Bible only defines one true saving message for us today:

(1 Corinthians 15:3-4) “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

It was hard for me to accept that salvation came by faith and not by doing something. I learned that I could never do enough good to earn God’s acceptance. I could only be accepted on the basis of what Christ did for me in His death, burial and resurrection.

Unfortunately, listening closely to a lot of preaching and teaching leads me to believe that Christianity has not guarded the purity of the message. So many proclaim a message that makes the terms of salvation sound like it requires works rather than faith. I fear there are people sitting regularly in the pews who may not even know Christ because they are trusting in a message that may be called the gospel but is not the true gospel.

I examined the websites of the 5 largest churches in America and looked at what they call their “Beliefs” or “Statement of Faith.” I had to dig a little deeper in some of the website to find their description of salvation. Most agree that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again. But most also add a few steps to the process of obtaining salvation. For some, you have to make a “commitment.” Others say you have to “change your heart towards God” as part of the transaction. The very truth that salvation comes by grace through faith is being cloaked in language that could actually cause people to think there are some works involved!  The reality is, we can never make a meaningful commitment to God or experience a change in our hearts until we come by faith to the salvation of God.

If you’ve never received Christ as your Savior, I invite you to change your mind about yourself, God and Jesus Christ right now.  You can know for sure where you will go when you die and have the capacity to live a life pleasing to God with your remaining days. Will you trust Him alone for your salvation?

Christian, change your mind about the gospel. Listen for the clarity of the message being preached. This isn’t about being critical. It’s about the very basis of our existence as Christians. We must demand a clear gospel message from ourselves, our churches, our leaders and each other. The gospel is the starting point towards a renewed mind.

Renewed Thought – Change your mind today about the gospel.