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In this day of political correctness, some have begun questioning the message of the Cross. “It is distasteful,” they say. By Pastor Jeff Wickwire

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00(M045) – Why Jesus Had To Die

Matthew 20:26-28; 1 John 4:8; 1 Samuel 2:2; Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3, 61:8; Psalms

92:15, 18:30; Romans 3:23, 4:25, 5:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Deut. 32:4; Galatians

3:13; Hebrews 2:9;

September 13, 2020

Application

Pastor Jeff Wickwire

Bible Verse

Matthew 20:26-28 (NIV)

26Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your

servant,

27and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—

28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life

as a ransom for many.”

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I want to answer the question today—Why did Jesus have to die? If God is a God of

love why would he ever let his own Son die such a horrible death? We happen to live

in a day when many are taking the position that the message of the Cross of Christ is

a wrong message for Christianity. There is a new brand of ‘Christian’ out there that

call themselves Progressive Christians. But their idea of PROGRESSIVE is actually

DIGRESSIVE, for they twist and compromise many of the essentials of the true

faith.

One of those essentials is the way they view the Cross. They have a problem with

the Cross, saying things like “It is primarily Jesus’ life, not his death, which is

important to us today as an example and goal to inspire us.”

Humanity, they contend, is in no need of a rescuer. Now, people who say such

things are tragically ignorant of why Jesus had to die. To understand why Jesus had

to die, we must first understand:

1. Who God is

Note

The Bible tells us that God is both a God of LOVE, and a God of HOLINESS.

John writes:

Bible Verse

1 John 4:8 (NIV)

8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

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Now, We love to talk about God’s LOVE, but not so much His HOLINESS. But to

understand God and why Jesus had to die, we have to understand His HOLY

nature!

The Bible says,

Bible Verse

1 Samuel 2:2 (NIV)

2“There is no one holy like the Lord ; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock

like our God.

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Moses asks,

Bible Verse

Exodus 15:11 (NIV)

11Who among the gods is like you, Lord ? Who is like you— majestic in holiness,

awesome in glory, working wonders?

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The prophet Isaiah saw a vision of God in which seraphim, winged heavenly beings,

Bible Verse

Isaiah 6:3 (NIV)

3And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the

whole earth is full of his glory.”

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Now, Holiness means ‘separate and apart’—the God of the Bible is SEPARATE from

and HIGHER than all of His creation. Everything God touches is considered holy.

Moses was told to remove his sandals in God’s presence, for he was standing on

Holy ground. We read of the Holy Sabbath, and the holy of holies in the Temple.

Now, because God is holy, He is also MORALLY PERFECT—there is not one

scintilla of moral imperfection in God.

Bible Verse

Psalms 92:15 (NIV)

15proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in

him.”

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“As for God, His way is blameless;”

Bible Verse

Psalms 18:30 (NIV)

30As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord ’s word is flawless; he shields all who take

refuge in him.

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Being holy and morally perfect, God created a moral universe based on moral laws

of right and wrong, good and evil. When God’s laws are broken, it is called SIN, and

this is where the Cross of Christ will come in. When Adam and Eve fell in the

garden,

2. Their sin offended the holiness of God

Note

Adam and Eve sinned by breaking God’s law. When they sinned, the holiness of

God was wounded, injured, and insulted, and their sin demanded JUSTICE. In God’s

moral world, justice is required for wrong committed. Adam’s sin required JUSTICE

because the God of holiness is also a God of justice.

Bible Verse

Isaiah 61:8 (NIV)

8“For I, the Lord , love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will

reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.

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Bible Verse

Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)

18Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you

compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

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Bible Verse

Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV)

4He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who

does no wrong, upright and just is he.

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God’s holy nature demands JUSTICE for wrongs committed.

Illustration

I was recently watching a true story on the Investigate Discovery Channel about a

terrible murder. The victim’s family was interviewed and the mother looked straight

into the camera and said, “We demand justice!”

It struck me that this demand for justice found in human beings comes straight from

being made in God’s image. We inherently know that when a wrong has been

committed, someone has to pay!

And if WE feel that way over a wrong committed, God himself does a million times

over. Sin, which is the breaking of God’s law, demands JUSTICE—and God’s

demand for justice MUST be met!

But who would be worthy to deliver the justice God required for sin? We human

beings couldn’t do it, for it required paying off a sin debt that we’re also in debt for!

The Bible’s verdict on all mankind is:

Bible Verse

Romans 3:23 (NIV)

23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

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How can people deep in sin-debt provide God with the justice He requires? This is

where the Cross comes in! God, being LOVE, knew that if a way to forgiveness for

mankind was not provided, we would all perish.

Someone had to pay the debt for us—someone had to satisfy God’s need for justice!

The only answer is that it would take someone who didn’t have a sin debt. And the

only one to fit the bill was Jesus! He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, so He didn’t

inherit Adam’s sin nature. And the Bible tells us that Jesus never sinned during His

life on earth so He had NO SIN DEBT!

Now, remember our text:

Bible Verse

Matthew 20:28 (NIV)

28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life

as a ransom for many.”

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Note the word RANSOM

Ransom means “the purchasing money necessary for freeing slaves.” The

purchasing money necessary to free us was Jesus’s righteous blood! On the Cross

where the blood of Christ was shed, two powerful things happened. First:

3. Jesus took the punishment for our sins

Note

Get this—when Jesus hung between heaven and earth on the blood-stained Cross:

Bible Verse

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the

righteousness of God.

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Jesus took our sins, including the guilt, blame, and judgment for our sins, onto

Himself! You see, on the Cross, God is judging sin! That’s why Romans 4:25 says,

Bible Verse

Romans 4:25 (NIV)

25He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our

justification.

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Bible Verse

1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring

you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

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Bible Verse

Galatians 3:13 (NIV)

13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is

written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

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So, on the Cross, Jesus was judged by God’s wrath instead of us! God’s fury was

poured out on Him as He bore in His body all the sins of all men. “He tasted death,”

Hebrews 2:9 says, “for every man.”

Bible Verse

Hebrews 2:9 (NIV)

9But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now

crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of

God he might taste death for everyone.

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So VERTICALLY God-ward, the Cross satisfied the wrath of God against sin, and

provided the justice His holiness required.

But more! On the Cross, HORIZONTALLY man-ward:

4. Jesus paid the price for our salvation

Note

As the song says:

He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to

wash my sins away. And now I sing a brand new song, Amazing Grace! Christ Jesus

paid the debt that I could never pay.

Whereas it was the HOLINESS of God that was offended by sin, it was the LOVEof

God that provided the ransom necessary for our forgiveness!

Bible Verse

Romans 5:9-10 (NIV)

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved

from God’s wrath through him!

10For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death

of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his

life!

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So, on the Cross, God’s need for justice for wrongs committed was satisfied when

Jesus was judged in our place. And the righteous shed blood of the Lamb was the

ransom paid to deliver us from slavery to sin and Satan, and to blot out all our

transgressions!

This is why Jesus had to die!

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