Jesus gave His body as an offering for sinWhy Did Jesus Die?

Simply put: because without Him, we are dead.

This message was foreshadowed in the Old Testament when Isaac, the child of promise, was called out by God from the dead.  (That is, from the deadness of Sarah’s womb.) In the same way, we also have been called out by God from the dead. That is, from the grave of sin, for we are all sinners and dead apart from Christ.

But God has a solution! God never intended for Isaac to be sacrificed, but to be delivered. God planned all along to provide a substitute. This is actually a beautiful, yet, tragic, foreshadow of the promise God offers to all who believe in Him. We also have been delivered from death – from hell. But our deliverance comes at a high price. Our glorious Lord Jesus gave His own body as a sin offering. He is our substitute for sin. It was He Who died a tortured death to save our souls. But praise be to God that the grave has no power over Him!

But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” (Acts 2:24 NIV)

It is this amazing truth that we as Christians must proclaim and celebrate every day God grants us breath! This is our glorious hope:

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:3-5 ESV)

By His resurrection power, Jesus promises life – eternal life. He gives it to all who call on His Name.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18 ESV)

Thank you, Jesus, for your most glorious and precious gift! For by your blood, your great love is revealed for all the world to see. Therefore let us encourage one another with these words: He is risen! Yes, He is risen indeed!

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