New Journey Fellowship

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Why Did Jesus Die?

Posted on March 25, 2018 at 9:55 AM

Today marks the beginning of Passion Week, the week of Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion. It is a week that is a vivid reminder of just how much Jesus loves us and the extent that He was willing to go to in order to rescue, redeem and restore mankind.

Today is also known as Palm Sunday, the day of Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Now to some this seems a bit confusing, the fact that on one day Jesus is riding into Jerusalem in a parade with people singing and shouting: “Hosanna to the Son of David” and then just a few days later there was another crowd shouting: “Away with this man, we have no king but Caesar!”, but I can assure you that it was not confusing to Jesus. In fact, in the book of Matthew, chapter 20 verse 18, it records Jesus as saying, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death”. You see, Jesus understood the fickle nature of man.

We see this far earlier in His ministry. Yes, three years earlier Jesus had been in Jerusalem for the Passover and had done many miracles. In the Gospel of John, chapter 2 it tells us “...many believed in His name, when they saw the miracles which He did, but Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man.” (John 2:23-25 KJV) You see, the prophet Jeremiah wrote: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked...” (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV)

Yes, Jesus knew exactly what would happen and that is of course why He went to Jerusalem, the reason He was born - He came to earth to pay our sin debt. In John chapter 3, we have the story of Nicodemus coming to talk to Jesus. It is in this conversation that Jesus tells Nicodemus: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (vs. 14-15) Yes, just like the children of Israel, when they had sinned and had been bitten by the serpents and were going to die, so it is with all mankind.

We have all sinned, we have all been bitten by the serpent of death and we stand condemned and without hope. We have a sickness for which there is no cure, yet if we look to Jesus on the cross, if we accept His finished work to pay for our sins, we can be forgiven, we can be healed, we can live!

In John 1, verses 11 and 12, the Bible tells us “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:” (KJV) - Pastor Tim

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