Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jesus Died for Your Sins

The Life of Jesus
Ultimately, only the promised Savior could defeat Satan and restore the kingdom. This Savior was God’s only Son. When the perfect time had come, God sent his Son to earth. “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. (Galatians 4:4‑5). This baby was born to a virgin named Mary in the town of Bethlehem just as the prophets had promised. Mary named her little boy, Jesus Christ.

Jesus was God’s love gift to the world. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). 
God gave His best to us, hoping that we would give our best to Him.

Jesus was both God and man. He was King of the Universe, yet because of God’s great love for humans, he laid aside his heavenly splendor and came to earth to teach us how to be kings again.

Once again, God walked and talked with humans in the person of Jesus. At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor” (Luke 4:18‑19). 

Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan. “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and...he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (Acts 10:38). 

Jesus healed the blind, the deaf, the lepers, and every kind of disease (Matthew 8-9). He also raised the dead and cast out demons.

Jesus taught people how to live in the kingdom of God. He used many wonderful parables and stories to communicate eternal truths. His greatest teaching was “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). He also taught us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Luke 10:27).

Jesus also preached the Good News of the kingdom. The heart of his message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Matthew 4:17). He asked people to repent (turn away) from their sins and reenter the kingdom of God.

Jesus trained his disciples how to be kings. He proclaimed the truth of the kingdom through his preaching, he taught the ethical principles of the kingdom through wise sayings, and he demonstrated the power of the kingdom by healing the sick.    

Jesus died on the cross for you. 

Jesus healed many people from physical diseases, but his main reason for coming to earth was to heal a much bigger problem. Jesus said, “I have come to ‘seek and to save what was lost’” (Luke 19:10). Jesus came to restore the fellowship of humans and God. He wanted to destroy the barrier of sin which prevents us from walking and talking with the Father.   

The only way to accomplish this was by dying. The price which must be paid for sin is death. Jesus was perfect because he never sinned so he did not deserve to die. Even though Jesus was completely innocent, Jesus decided to give his life in order to pay the price for everyone else’s sin. “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). 

Some evil men falsely accused Jesus and condemned him to death. They beat his back with a whip and placed a crown of thorns upon his head. They nailed his hands and feet to a cross and left him to die. Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. As he died he cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30). This meant he completed everything necessary for your salvation. Some disciples took Jesus off the cross and buried him in a tomb.

But Jesus did not stay in that tomb. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead! “Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus came back to life and he is still alive today. He ascended into heaven and he is seated at the right hand of his Father (Ephesians 1:20). Right now, he is watching you and waiting for you to get saved from your sin.  

This is an excerpt from Daniel King's book, "Welcome to the Kingdom." You can order a copy here.