2005-03-23 - Corinthians
With Easter coming up, I felt led to write about the first item on the list
that Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Here is the "Gospel" list:
Jesus died for our sins. (He did not just die. He died for us, in place of
Jesus was buried.
Jesus was raised on the third day.
He appeared to many people.
I have often had non-Christians and even Christian friends ask me, "Just
why did Jesus have to die?" It's a great question, and one that we Christians
need to be able to answer. Jesus died in place of us. It is you and I that
should be on the Cross. Let's look at four reasons He died for us.
He died as our substitute.
Romans 3:25-26 (LB) For God sent Christ Jesus to take
the punishment for our sins, and to end all God's anger against us. He used
Christ's blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath. In
this way, he was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those
who sinned in former times. For he was looking forward to the time when Christ
would come and take away those sins. And now, in these days also, he can
receive sinners in this same way, because Jesus took away their sins. But
isn't this unfair - for God to let criminals go free, and say that they are
innocent? No, for he does it on the basis of their trust in Jesus, who took
away their sins.
He died to be our Advocate, to reconcile us to God - or simply said - to
make us right with God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God took the sinless Christ and
poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God's goodness into
1 John 2:1-2 My little children, I am telling you this
so that you will stay away from sin. But if you sin, there is someone to
plead for you before the Father. His name is Jesus Christ, the one who is
all that is good and who pleases God completely. He is the one who took God's
wrath against our sins upon himself and brought us into fellowship with God;
and he is the forgiveness for our sins, and not only ours but all the
He died to be our Mediator and to make us partners in the New Covenant.
Luke 22:20 After supper, he gave them another glass of
wine, saying, "This wine is the token of God's new agreement to save you-an
agreement sealed with the blood I shall pour out to purchase back your
He died to grant us grant us eternal life and to defeat our number one enemy,
death. Only through Christ is death defeated.
John 3:16 For God loved the world, so much that he gave
his only Son, so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have
Dear Lord, thank you for taking our place on the Cross;
thank you for taking the punishment we deserve. Thank you for being faithful
to us at all times, even when we mess up. We praise you and honor you Lord,
and ask your forgiveness for our sins. In His name, Amen.
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