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The Purpose Of His Passion

March 11, 2015 Save Article

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Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Peter 3:18 (Program: 2465, Air dates: 4.6.2014 & 4.13.2014)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. The prophet Isaiah wrote about the crucifixion of Jesus 700 years before Jesus came to this earth as our substitute.
    2. Earth’s greatest tragedy and God’s greatest triumph was Calvary.
    3. Why did Jesus have to die? Why the cross? What was the purpose of His passion?
  1. THE SUBSTITUTIONARY PURPOSE OF THE CROSS (1 Peter 3:18)
    1. Jesus, the Just One, took the place of us, the unjust.
      1. Jesus Christ was not a martyr or a helpless victim. Jesus died as our substitute.
      2. John 10:18
    2. God is just; He is perfectly, totally, and completely righteous and holy.
    3. We are the unjust; our condition is that we have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
      1. Romans 3:23
    4. Being just, God cannot simply overlook sin. But God is a God of infinite love. So God allowed His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to take that sin upon Himself and go to the cross.
      1. Romans 6:23
      2. Ezekiel 18:20
      3. Revelation 13:8
    5. Hebrews 9:22 - Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.
    6. The cross is pictured and prophesied of throughout the Bible.
      1. Genesis 3:21
        1. God clothed Adam and Eve with coats of animal skin, signifying the shedding of blood.
      2. Genesis 4:1-5
        1. God accepts Abel’s sacrifice, which offered the shed blood.
        2. Genesis 7:20
        3. The first thing Noah did when he came out of the ark was to offer a blood sacrifice.
      3. Genesis 22:1-13
        1. God provided a ram as a sacrifice in the place of Isaac.
      4. Exodus 12:1-7
        1. The children of Israel were commanded to place the blood of the lamb on the doorposts, and the death angel would pass over that house.
      5. John 1:29
        1. John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
      6. Hebrews 10:1
        1. This passage tells us that all of these Old Testament sacrifices were a shadow of the cross.
        2. John 8:56
    7. Jesus is not our example; He is our Savior.
    8. Salvation does not come by learning lessons from the life of Christ, but by receiving life from the death of Christ.
  1. THE SUFFERING PASSION OF THE CROSS (1 Peter 3:18)
    1. The emotional suffering of Jesus
      1. Luke 22:40-41
      2. Matthew 26:39
        1. What was in the cup that Jesus spoke of in this passage?
          1. The pollution of sin
            1. 2 Corinthians 5:21
          2. The punishment of sin
            1. Isaiah 53:10
            2. Romans 8:32
            3. Luke 22:44
    2. The physical suffering of Jesus
      1. John 19:1
      2. The purpose of a scourging was to beat the individual so near to death that he could not walk away.
      3. The word “excruciate” means “out of the cross”.
  1. THE SETTLED PROVISION OF THE CROSS (1 Peter 3:18)
    1. 1 Peter 3:18 says, “Christ also hath once suffered”.
      1. This means one time; it will never happen again.
      2. The price has been paid.
    2. John 19:30
      1. It is finished; it is paid in full.
  1. THE SAVING POWER OF THE CROSS (1 Peter 3:18)
    1. 1 Peter 3:18 also says, “that He might bring us to God”.
      1. The Greek word for “bring” means to take someone and bring them to another person. It was often used when a person would bring another into the throne room.
      2. When we come into Heaven’s throne room, there is One who will take us by the hand and bring us in; His name is Jesus.
      3. Jesus has reconciled us to God.
        1. Colossians 1:20

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