50 Reasons Jesus Came To Suffer and Die

The God-man Jesus Christ entered human history, lived a perfect life, died a perfect death, in our place, for our sins.  As we seek to be a gospel-centered church and to live gospel-centric lives it is important that we understand and feel the weight of the Cross of Christ and its implications.  More was accomplished by Jesus 2000+ years ago than most of us are aware.  Below is a list from “50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die” by John Piper.  Take a moment and think about the implications for us and our world as we gaze upon the bloody, tortured, beaten, and despised Son of God.  May it humble us and cause us to bow in worship and thankfulness.

  1. To Absorb the Wrath of God
  2. To Please His Heavenly Father
  3. To Learn Obedience and Be Perfected
  4. To Achieve His Own Resurrection from the Dead
  5. To Show the Wealth of God’s Love and Grace for Sinners
  6. To Show His Own Love for Us
  7. To Cancel the Legal Demands of the Law Against Us
  8. To Become a Ransom for Many
  9. For the Forgiveness of Our Sins
  10. To Provide the Basis for Our Justification
  11. To Complete the Obedience That Becomes Our Righteousness
  12. To Take Away Our Condemnation
  13. To Abolish Circumcision and All Rituals  as the Basis of Salvation
  14. To Bring Us to Faith and Keep Us Faithful
  15. To Make Us Holy, Blameless, and Perfect
  16. To Give Us a Clear Conscience
  17. To Obtain for Us All Things That Are Good for Us
  18. To Heal Us from Moral and Physical Sickness
  19. To Give Eternal Life to All Who Believe on Him
  20. To Deliver Us from the Present Evil Age
  21. To Reconcile Us to God
  22. To Bring Us to God
  23. So That We Might Belong to Him
  24. To Give Us Confident Access to the Holiest Place
  25. To Become for Us the Place Where We Meet God
  26. To Bring the Old Testament Priesthood to an End and Become the Eternal High Priest
  27. To Become a Sympathetic and Helpful Priest
  28. To Free Us from the Futility of Our Ancestry
  29. To Free Us from the Slavery of Sin
  30. That We Might Die to Sin and Live to Righteousness
  31. So That We Would Die to the Law and Bear Fruit for God
  32. To Enable Us to Live for Christ and Not Ourselves
  33. To Make His Cross the Ground of All Our Boasting
  34. To Enable Us to Live by Faith in Him
  35. To Give Marriage Its Deepest Meaning
  36. To Create a People Passionate for Good Works
  37. To Call Us to Follow His Example of Lowliness and Costly Love
  38. To Create a Band of Crucified Followers
  39. To Free Us from Bondage to the Fear of Death
  40. So That We Would Be with Him Immediately After Death
  41. To Secure Our Resurrection from the Dead
  42. To Disarm the Rulers and Authorities
  43. To Unleash the Power of God in the Gospel
  44. To Destroy the Hostility Between Races
  45. To Ransom People from Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation
  46. To Gather All His Sheep from Around the World
  47. To Rescue Us from Final Judgment
  48. To Gain His Joy and Ours
  49. So That He Would Be Crowned with Glory and Honor
  50. To Show That the Worst Evil Is Meant by God for Good

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