Friday, 18 April 2014
1) Jesus’ death was no accident. He knew it was going to happen and forewarned his disciples about it.
Mark 8:31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
2) Jesus’ death was necessary. The Bible says we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.Only one man has ever lived a perfect, sinless life. That man was Jesus Christ. When he was killed on the cross, he gave his life as a sacrifice, to pay our debts to God.
2Cor. 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
3) Jesus’ death wasn’t final. Jesus was buried in the tomb for three days and three nights, but then God raised him from the dead, where many witnesses saw him. As the apostle Paul put it:
1Cor. 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
How does this apply to you and me? Unless we accept that we are sinners who have ignored God and disobeyed Him; that Jesus died for our sins, and that God has made him Lord of all, then we cannot be saved from our way of living nor our impending death. But if we trust that Jesus lived a perfect life where we haven’t, if we turn from our sins and follow him, if we are convinced God raised him from the dead and that therefore he will raise us too – we will be saved.
Rom. 10:8 [If] you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
Posted by Ian Cameron at 20:58