Friday, April 10, 2009

Fifty reasons why Christ suffered and died

Note: From the book “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die” previously published as “The Passion of Jesus Christ” by John Piper, Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Reformed) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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1. To absorb the wrath of God (Romans 3:25; Galatians 3:13; 1 John 4:10)

2. To please His Heavenly Father (Isaiah 53:10; Ephesians 5:2)

3. To learn obedience and be perfected (Hebrews 2:10; 5:8)

4. To achieve His own resurrection from the dead (Hebrews 13:20-21)

5. To show the wealth of God's love and grace for sinners (John 3:16; Romans 5:7-8; Ephesians 1:7)

6. To show His own love for us (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:2, 25)

7. To cancel the legal demands of the law against us (Colossians 2:13)

8. To become a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)

9. For the forgiveness of our sins (Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7)

10. To provide the basis for our justification (Romans 3:24, 28; 5:9)

11. To complete the obedience that becomes our righteousness (Romans 5:19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:8; 3:9)

12. To take away our condemnation (Romans 8:34)

13. To abolish circumcision and all rituals as the basis of salvation (Galatians 5:11; 6:12)

14. To bring us to faith and keep us faithful (Jeremiah 32:40; Mark 14:24)

15. To make us holy, blameless, and perfect (1 Corinthians 5:7; Colossians 1:22; Hebrews 10:14)

16. To give us a clear conscience (Hebrews 9:14)

17. To obtain for us all things that are good for us (Romans 8:32)

18. To heal us from moral and physical sickness (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17)

19. To give eternal life to all who believe on Him (John 3:16)

20. To deliver us from the present evil age (Galatians 1:4)

21. To reconcile us to God (Romans 5:10)

22. To bring us to God (Ephesians 2:13; 1 Peter 3:18)

23. So that we might belong to Him (Acts 20:28; Romans 7:4; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

24. To give us confident access to the Holiest Place (Hebrews 10:19)

25. To become for us the place where we meet God (John 2:19-21)

26. To bring the Old Testament priesthood to an end and become the eternal High Priest (Hebrews 7:23-27; 9:24-26; 10: 11-12)

27. To become a sympathetic and helpful priest (Hebrews 4:15-16)

28. To free us from the futility of our ancestry (1 Peter 1:18-19)

29. To free us from slavery to sin (Hebrews 13:12; Revelation 1:5-6)

30. That we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24)

31. So that we would die to the Law and bear fruit for God (Romans 7:4)

32. To enable us to live for Christ and not ourselves (2 Corinthians 5:15)

33. To make His cross the ground of all our boasting (Galatians 6:14)

34. To enable us to live by faith in Him (Galatians 2:20)

35. To give marriage its deepest meaning (Ephesians 5:25)

36. To create a people passionate for good works (Titus 2:14)

37. To call us to follow His example of lowliness and costly love (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 12:3-4; I Peter 2:19-21)

38. To create a band of crucified followers (Matthew 10:38; Luke 9:23)

39. To free us from bondage to the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15)

40. So that we would be with Him immediately after death (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21, 23; 1 Thessalonians 5:10)

41. To secure our resurrection from the dead (Romans 6:5; 8:11; 2 Timothy 2:11)

42. To disarm the rulers and authorities (Colossians 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8)

43. To unleash the power of God in the Gospel (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18)

44. To destroy the hostility between races (Ephesians 2:14-16)

45. To ransom people from every tribe and language and people and nation (Revelation 5:9)

46. To gather all His sheep from around the world (John 10:16; 11:51-52)

47. To rescue us from final judgment (Hebrews 9:28)

48. To gain His joy and ours (Hebrews 12:2)

49. So that He would be crowned with glory and honor (Philippians 2:7-9; Hebrews 2:9; Revelation 5:12)

50. To show that the worst evil is meant by God for good (Acts 4:27-28)

Sermons on Isaiah 53
(Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] Isaiah 53: Compassion of the Cross, by David G. Shackelford, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

[2] A Conquering King, by Pastor Jeremy Stephens, Southview Baptist Church

[3] November 1, 2008 - Atonement Announced, by Steve Parker

[4] Silence of the Lamb, by John Tindall

[5] I Believe Jesus Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was Crucified, Died, and was Buried, by David Krueger

[6] Sermons by Richard DeRuiter
[7] Considering the Cross, by Mark Hoffer

[8] Like A Sheep to the Slaughter, by Bruce W. Logue

[9] The Suffering Servant Substitute, by David Harp

[10] For other available sermons, please surf to Sermon / Preaching resources.

[11] Dr. Shadrach Meshach (S.M.) Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000) was the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, a prominent African-American congregation located in San Diego, California, from 1953 to 1993. He was known for his preaching across the United States and around the world, especially for his “That's My King” sermon.

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