Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday Reminder: Why Jesus Died

Here on Good Friday, it seems fitting to stop and think about the suffering and death of Christ, and why Jesus came to die. Here is a list from John Piper, from his book, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die. Read through them. Slowly. Ponder them. Savor them. The king of kings lived the life you should have lived and died the death you should have died, and accomplished all this, and so much more!

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 o/f 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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