Why would the King of Heaven become the Suffering Servant? Why did he die on the cross?
Jesus Christ sacrificed heaven and finally his life on the cross because he wants an intimate, endless relationship with you and me. But why did Jesus make such a great sacrifice?
For Me He died, For Me He Lives
Jesus’ sacrifice pardoned our guilt.
We all … have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6).
Whenever we choose to do what we want instead of doing what God commands, we are guilty of sin. Guilt ultimately results in judgement but Jesus took our place. Our guilt is pardoned because of his sacrifice.
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus life, death and return to life purchased our freedom.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:34-36).
The Bible is clear about the attitudes and actions of sin. The most devastating thing of all – sin is addictive. Living as we want is an obsession. Once a person starts to sin it becomes his or her master and only the sacrifice of Jesus can set him or her free.
Jesus’ sacrifice makes us a purified people.
Our guilt is not pardoned and our freedom is not purchased so we can go on as before. God’s purpose in becoming one of us and dying for us was to change us. God’s goal is to make you and me like Jesus. However, “we cannot change by ourselves” and “we cannot change without ourselves” (D. Thompson with G. Eikhoff, Holiness for Hurting People, Wesleyan Publishing House).
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
All that Jesus did for us gives a purpose for living.
Jesus’ sacrifice for us proves that we have worth. Our lives can have purpose and meaning. We are not the sum total of a series of accidents spread over billions of years.
If you ever wonder what you’re worth, look at the Cross. God established you’re value for all eternity when he chose to die for you. If you ever wonder why you’re here, look at the Empty Tomb. It’s proof that God plans for you to carry on the work Jesus began.
[We] were dead in [our] … sins, in which [we] used to live when [we] followed the ways of this world … gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like [every one else], we were by nature [guilty and subject to God’s punishment]. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you [and I] have been saved … through faith…. And this … is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:1-10).
Our purpose for living must be to do the good God created us to do in Jesus’ name.