Christ Died for Our Sins

1 Corinthians 15:3

Deut. 18:15-19; Isa. 52:13-53:9; 1 Cor. 15:1-4

Christianity stands or falls on what is contained in these two verses. And this is what separates Christianity from every other religion or worldview. Just first statement – Christ died for our sins – is enough. Yes, is a summary, but given what is explicitly stated and implicitly required, is a complete Gospel.

Much masquerades as Gospel in American culture. Sad fact that much of that poison being exported to other parts of the world. What fallen mankind needs is not self-help. Not behavior modification. Not having faith to claim. Drowning ’cause I can’t swim – don’t tell me to dog-paddle faster. I’m drowning, now is not time to tell me pay more attention to how thick ice is. I’m drowning, don’t tell me click my heels and just believe – this isn’t Oz. Reality is… picture of drowning person inadequate – that individual still has life. Natural man not just a little or even a lot messed up but needing help. Natural man left to own devices hopelessly now and forever lost.

Must be no compromise, no confusion on what the Gospel is, who embodies it. Right and wrong are not relative, truth is not what you want it to be, we don’t all worship same god and all roads do not lead to heaven. God’s word the Bible gives us absolute standard of right and wrong, supplies absolute truth that will make us holy and acceptable to God. Tells us there is one and only one true God, the only way to him is through his son Jesus Christ. Those are words of life even when they cost us our life.

a. Intro

must be preached/proclaimed

not sort of thing we know automatically, by instinct – must be communicated to us by external source; not something that can be found in nature, rituals or holy books of another religion

if we know truth, means we have responsibility to communicate it whenever God supplies opportunity, whether preacher or not!

must be received

hearing, knowing, even understanding truth of Gospel not sufficient for salvation – must be received, embraced, evidenced by outward action: Rom. 10:9if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

is unchanging – you stand

idea here is that of being immovable – stand stationary, in one place: only possible if what you’re standing on doesn’t move

Gospel, message that was good news for Adam and Eve is same message every other sinner needs to hear; just as relevant 5000 years in future as in past

will save

Gospel message when accompanied by regenerating work of Holy Spirit has power: Rom. 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

is of first importance

everything else in Bible points to it, everything else depends on it for significance – is essential to life now and hereafter

important enough to repeat, clarify, define so there is no question what Paul had in mind – is a summary, but still must be at the core of true Gospel

book published 2014, “The Gospel of Better”: quotes much from Bible, claims to be genuine good news, never mentions sin, the Cross, Jesus’ death or resurrection

according to what God says to us in our text, book does not qualify to be called a Gospel; don’t fall for the lie

A. who did it – Christ

Seed of the woman

the one promised in the Garden shortly after Creation; yes, the chicken did come first, then sin, immediate need for Redeemer

did not prompt God to issue immediate fix – would come in his way and time… as he promised; mankind needed to learn some things first

Adam and Eve not convinced they were truly helpless; didn’t immediately grasp full scope and seriousness of sin

Seed who would bless all families of the world

further promise to Abraham – descendant of his son Isaac (not Ishmael) would bring good news and life to all families regardless of ethnic origin: Jew first, then Gentile

promised Prophet

not just what he would do, what he would say: this Prophet would speak with full divine authority – we know Jesus taught that way, claimed that authority

son of a virgin who is the Son of God

the “who” is important, so also the “what” – was by man that sin came into the world, must be by man that sin would be taken care of

no other type of being is suitable – obviously animals don’t make the grade, even when sacrificed; angels not in running either

David’s son who is David’s Lord (Ps. 110:1)

but not just any man; every other man had his own sin problem, is only the God-Man who meets all necessary qualifications

is only one Jesus, the one in the Bible – not Jesus in other books viewed as sacred, not Jesus of movie fame, not Jesus as sinful man likes to define him

good news is that he isthere, and he did come here, to do exactly as God promised

B. what did he do – died

not a martyr

did not die because of what he believed; enemies wanted his blood because of who he claimed to be – one with God the Father

not a victim

was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God” Acts 2:23 – Judas and Herod and Pilate and others were agents, many irregularities connected with his trial, yet outcome was precisely according to God’s plan

a willing sacrifice

repeatedly declared “I lay down my life”; stated “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself” – John 10:15, 17-18

and he did exactly that – laid down his life, he died, he died – nothing less, no one else, his life just like life of every lamb offered

C. what was his purpose – for our sins

couldn’t be for himself

John didn’t say “behold the Lamb of God who dies for his own sin”; wasn’t “who covers sins of his people”; was “who takes away sin”

any sinfulness in sacrifice disqualifies it as a substitute – if what Jesus did is truly good news, had to be for more than himself

couldn’t just be for Adam

JW, discussion about why Jesus died – to pay penalty for Adam’s sin; asked question: “what about your sin? who takes care of that?” – not good news if only Adam had a substitute

Paul declared: “Christ died for our sins” – not sins in general, mine might not be in there; our sins, personal possessive pronoun difference between life and death

D. how is this good news?

Genesis 2:17; Rom. 6:23 God promised death as consequence of disobedience… both in OT and NT, no hint of changing his mind

on one of earth’s darkest days, when those who had experienced God’s greatest blessings said “His blood be on us and on our children.” Matt. 27:25 God didn’t say, “that’s ok, don’t take it so hard”

heaven was silent in response to their howls of hatred as if God was agreeing – responsibility for Christ’s death would indeed be on those who clamored for his death and all who shared their unbelief

when it comes to sin, is either you or an acceptable substitute

good news is that there is an acceptable substitute, Jesus, who came to save his people from their sins

if your confession is that Jesus is the Lord of your life, you believe he died for your sins, you will be saved… and so will all who have that same confession

this perhaps the most astonishing part of good news: God did all this because of his love for us: 1 John 4:10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

God loved us while still sinners, but never intending we should stay sinners – purpose from beginning to save his people from their sins, give them a future and a hope

Christ’s death was not an accident, an unfortunate mistake, a hoax that accomplished nothing. It was the necessary sacrifice of the perfect Son of God that paid the penalty for sin, satisfied God’s justice so that all who believe in him might have everlasting life. May God give us courage and opportunity to proclaim that truth to all who will listen.

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