Pastor’s Corner

“SIRS, WE WOULD SEE JESUS”…JOHN 12:31…PART SEVEN

I trust that this series of studies has helped to turn your thoughts and study to the four Gospel and the days leading up to the death and resurrection of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. I keep reminding you that 27 of the 89 chapters of the four Gospels are related to the last week of our Savior. Therefore, we must realize that the Holy Spirit is emphasizing for us these thoughts of God’s plan and purpose for the coming of Christ.

If one will read only 3 chapters per day for the next 30 days which will be in the time area of Easter this year, one will have read the four Gospels. The average length of a chapter is @ 25 verses and it will take @ 5 minutes to read a chapter. Simple Math tells us that our reading equals about 15-20 minutes. Perhaps if one would get a partner to join with one another then this would help with accountability and also some form of question and answer after reading. In reading from the Gospels one will see the Savior from birth to death and resurrection and then to the ascension. “Sirs, we would see Jesus.”

Today we shall take a look not at the physical death of Jesus on the cross so much as we would look at the “significance of His death”. That He died is an historical fact; but there are many “views”, “ideas”, “interpretations” and ‘theories”, as to why He died.

• He did not die a suicide’s death—Look up Isaiah 53:8.

• He did not die of old age, accident or disease—Look up John 10:18

• He did not die as a political hero—Look up Luke 24:21.

• He did not die simply as an example—Look up John 15:13.

• He did not die simply as a martyr—Look up Acts 7:54-60.

• He did not die simply to show God’s love—Look up Romans 5:8.

• He did not die because He was a criminal—Look up Luke 23:4.

Another question that often arises regarding the death of Christ is simply who killed Christ or who crucified Christ? Some would say that it was the Roman soldiers, some would indicated that it was the Roman government, while others contend that it was the Jewish religious leaders of the day, even some will say it was the ruler Pilate. However, how many times have we heard it from our pulpits this statement: “it was our sins that nailed Him to the cross”? Let us not forget the statement by our Savior in which He says, “No man takes it from me, I lay down my life.”

The Lord Jesus came into the world to die. The death of Christ was not “Plan B” in God’s scheme of things. I love the verse in Hebrews 9:26, “…but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Don’t forget Revelation 13:8, “…of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

As the sinless One, there was no cause of death in Him. He voluntarily laid down His life for us because it was the will of His Father that He should do so and because He loved us so much. Can you say, “It is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me?”

 

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