Why did Jesus die…
“𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝐺𝑜𝑑 𝑠𝑜 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐻𝑒 𝑔𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝐻𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑏𝑒𝑔𝑜𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝑆𝑜𝑛, 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤ℎ𝑜𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝐻𝑖𝑚 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝑏𝑢𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒.” (𝐽𝑜ℎ𝑛 3:16)
So why did Jesus die?
So that we may be free of sin?
So that we may have an everlasting life?
Yes, but there is so much more to the crucifixion than just sin and everlasting life.
The night before He was crucified, Jesus prayed that we would know Him, and His Father (John 17:3). The word ‘know’ here is incredibly intimate, and speaks to the depth of the personal relationship He wants to have with us.
Salvation is often thought of as a post-death concept. That once we die, because we are saved, we get to spend an eternity in Heaven with Him. But there is more for us, so much more, right now – we don’t have to wait. Salvation is not just a benefit for the future.
In the Bible it says that we are called to reign in this life with Christ (Romans 5:17). It also says that we are co-heirs with Him (Romans 8:17). In order for two rulers to come together and reign, there has to be a common understanding between them, and a conjoined love for those that they rule over. It takes a relationship.
If your life is filled with strife…
If your days are feeling long and blue…
If things are not working out…
If finances are always tight…
If it feels like there is no hope…
Those are all lies we have believed are part of what it is to be a Christian. The great news is that it isn’t true. The enemy came as a thief to rob, kill and destroy – but God came to give us life, and life in abundance (John 10:10).
The bible says that He came to set us free from present evil in this world. It is His will that we live a life that is abundant and free from the enemy’s ploy.
“𝐽𝑒𝑠𝑢𝑠 𝑔𝑎𝑣𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑠, 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑎𝑠 𝐺𝑜𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝐹𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑑, 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑐𝑢𝑒 𝑢𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑙 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑤𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒.” (𝐺𝑎𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑠 1:4)
Jesus died for so much more than just our sins and salvation, He wants a relationship with us.
All of us, 𝑤ℎ𝑜𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 you are.
You are so dearly loved.