It’s hard to believe that Easter weekend is here already. Something I forgot to mark last Sunday was my 20th anniversary of when I trusted Christ to be my Lord and Savior. Time sure has flown. I became a fool for Christ on April Fools Day. I remember my first communion as a believer during the first Good Friday service that I think I had ever been to. It was at Liberty Bible Church in Chesterton, IN as I had gone out to Indiana with my then girlfriend (now wife) to visit her folks.
I remember feeling such gratitude when I came to realize the depth of Christ’s sacrifice. Something that I hope you will know and experience as well. Thank you Father for sending your Son Jesus to die on a Roman cross so that we can have forgiveness of sin.
There are many reasons why Jesus came to die. John Piper, the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN and the founder of Desiring God, has given 50 reasons why and you can find a list of them here.
Reason #1 is one that as a new believer I didn’t quite grasp, but now every time I think about it it still amazes me – “to absorb the wrath of God.” A couple of passages that go with that concept are:
Galatians 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged u on a tree”
Romans 3:25 – whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
1 John 4:10 – In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
2 Corinthians 5:21 also gives us a good picture when it says, “he who knew no sin, became sin.” God can not tolerate sin, can’t look upon it, and will judge it. Jesus on the cross became the embodiment of sin.
Anyway, I wanted to leave you with some links to a seven-part devotional I wrote three years ago on the “Seven Last Words of Christ.” The seven final statements that Jesus made while he was dying on the cross.
- “I Thirst”