Sunday, March 6th, 2022
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” —Romans 5:8 (NIV)
Why Did Jesus Have To Die?
Jesus died to demonstrate His love for us.
Bible Reading: John 3:14-17
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Questions to Ponder: ❔❔❔
1. How did Jesus demonstrate His love for us?
The Bible tells us that Jesus, [and I believe] gave himself freely as a sacrifice for the sins of all people. He chose to be born human and live among His people, to take our place on the cross and defeat death to reunite God and His creation. Jesus took upon himself all sin; yours, mine and every other person created, to be a ransom for all humankind. Everything that Jesus endured in His human life was done to make a way for all creation to be in relationship with God, the Father.
• Jesus died to bring us near to God.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” —1 Peter 3:18
• Jesus died to reveal God’s character.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
—2 Peter 3:9
• Jesus died to conquer evil.
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
• Jesus died to establish a new covenant.
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, ” declares the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord . “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” —Jeremiah 31:31-34
“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance —now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”
• Jesus died to set us an example of sacrificial love.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
2. In the Bible reading, the text tells us that when we believe in Jesus, we are saved into eternal life.
➡️➡️➡️ Have you believed in Jesus for your salvation? ⬅️⬅️⬅️
I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart on September 6th, 1979. I had believed in who Jesus was long before this formal accepting in the presence of a Pastor, as I had been attending Sunday school and church from a very young age. I certainly felt and remember the nudging of the Holy Spirit on that Thursday night way back in 1979. Something quite interesting just occurred to me, I was born on a Thursday and reborn into my new life with Christ on a Thursday! THAT’S PRETTY COOL! 😎🆒😎
If you are thinking about and wanting to accept Jesus as your personal Savior you can do it right now by saying this simple prayer;
Dear God, Please forgive me. Come into my life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Now, help me to live for you the rest of this life. ~Amen
3. What do you want to say in response to Jesus?
THANK YOU! These words are clearly inadequate to express how I feel about having Jesus in my life. I love being a child of God, I fail miserably too often to live the life of obedience but that does not deter me from wanting to do better and to be in fellowship with God, the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Holy Spirit. I am grateful for the grace and mercy applied to me and my life. It’s easy for me to see the blessings in my life and I have learned to accept and understand painful events in my past as blessings because they prepared me for my future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Friends, I am delighted that you visited my blog today, may God reveal Himself to you in a special way today. Always remember, you are loved and you are a child of God.
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.