On this sermon, we are going to answer the question, why did Jesus die for our sin.
Jesus died for our sin on the cross of calvary. And according to the scripture, He was betrayed by one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot; sentenced to death by the Roman consul, Pontious Pilate; was given the cross to calvary to Calvary where He was crucified.
However, to properly understand why Jesus died for our sin; we first of all need to have the following understanding:
- The first sin of mankind and it’s consequence.
- How the death of Jesus saves mankind.
- What mankind must do to be saved.
- Significance of repentance and baptism
- What happens after repentance and baptism
- Sin and judgement.
We are going to conclude this sermon with few bible verses about the last judgement and that of sin.
Why Jesus died for our sin.
As evidenced from Genesis 1, 2 and 3; God created the first humans, Adam and Eve and placed them in a garden; where they were commanded to freely eat everything except the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden.
This tree had the power to give the knowledge of what was good and evil.
While in the garden of Eden, mankind was always in a sweet fellowship with God; until one day, they were tempted into disobeying God and ate of the fruit He told them not to.
Because of this disobedience, which gave rise to the first sin of humanity; God pursued mankind from the garden of Eden, and in so doing they lost the sweet fellowship they used to have with God.
Trying to regain the fellowship, Adam and Eve began to offer sacrifices to God; as we evidence from Cain and Abel’s. Genesis 4:1-16
But this sacrifice could not appease God because of it being done continously. God needed a sacrifice that would be done once and for all.
That was why Jesus came to die and sacrifice Himself; in order to reconcile human beings back to God as it is written in the scripture below.
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things on heaven, having made peace through the blood on His cross.
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and approach reproach in His sight.(Colossians 1:19-20).
The first sin of mankind and it’s consequence.
As we briefly stated above, the first sin committed by mankind was eating of the forbidden fruit in the garden.
After eating of that fruit God placed a curse on Adam, Eve and the serpent; who deceived them into eating of the fruit.
To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
Then to Adam He said “because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘you shall not eat of it’: “cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.Genesis 3:16-19
Soon after Adam and Eve left the garden, the curse began to take effect on them.
In the begining of the curse, Adam knew his wife, Eve; and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Cain.
After sometime, he repeated the process and Eve gave birth to a second son, Abel.
But trouble began when Cain slew his own brother because God accepted his sacrifice and rejected his own.
The death of Cain gave birth to the most powerful and inescapable curse; “till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
How the death of Jesus saves mankind.
As we saw earlier in Colossians 1:19-20, Jesus was able to use His blood that was shedded on the cross of Calvary; to make peace between God and man.
Which means, God is no longer angry with mankind because Jesus presents us blameless and spotless to Him through the cleansing power in His blood.
What mankind must do to be saved.
In Acts 2, after the people witnessed the disciples speaking in tongues by the power of the Holy Spirit they just received; and listened to Peter’s speech, they asked him what one must do to be saved.
And Peter responded in Acts 2:38-39:
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.
And as we can see, repentance and baptism are the two immediate things human beings must do if they want to be saved.
Significance of repentance and baptism.
What must happen in the life of each individual is; after repentance, one must be baptized in order for the sins they committed beforehand to be erased (Baptism replaces the former sprinkling of blood to make the worshippers clean as seen in Hebrews 9:13 – the water here symbolizing the blood of Jesus).
And also, if the person is an infant, the parents have the right to decide his faith by baptizing him into Christendom.
(It is worthy to note here that, it is not as if an infant is guilty of any sin and needs to be baptized, remembering that Our Lord Jesus was not guilty of any sin yet He was baptized by John the Baptist – Mathew 3: 13-17. And for that reason, baptism can be seen as a rite of passage in Christendom, involving both infants and adults).
What happens after repentance and baptism.
Now, once baptism takes place the believer will personally be reconciled to God, and the evidence will be the receiving of the gift of the Holy Spirit, Who will henceforth enable Him to obey God’s commandments as God Himself promised:
“I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will keep my judgments and do them.Ezekiel 36:27
This means that, it is God Who will be working in the believers’ heart (conscience) to make him stay obedient to his commands:
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.Philippians 2:13
(Something the early believers had all along been trying to do with their human power and might).
Sin and the last judgement.
There are so many Christians who hold the believe that Jesus died to take away their sins; and it doesn’t matter if they continue in sin.
This kinds hold the believe that they are saved by grace. But the scripture helps us to understand that there is no longer forgiveness for this kind of sin.
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery imagination which will devour the adversaries.Hebrews 10:26-27.
Because if that was true, there will be no judgment awaiting us again for our actions as you will see in the bible verses, which forms the concluding part of this sermon on why did Jesus die for our sin.
Bible verses about sin.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.(Romans 6:12-13).
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds. And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of him who created him.(Colossians 3:4, 5.8-10)
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the man Whom He has ordained, He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.(Acts 17:30-31).
Bible verses about the last judgement.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.(2 Corinthians 5:10).
For each one shall bear his own load. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.(Galatians 6: 5, 7, 8).
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.
And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged each one according to his works.
Then death and hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.(Revelation 20:12-15)
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?1 Peter 4:17.
From the last bible verse, we can come to the understanding that judgement will begin with us Christians.
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